After a shocking loss to Kentucky in week 2, Florida Gator running back Adarius Lemons announced less than an hour after time expired that he would be transferring. A member of the 2017 recruiting class, Lemons didn’t play in the loss, and in a Twitter post expressed that he wanted to find a school he could help “to the best of his ability,” and “actually use the talent” God blessed him with.
Well two weeks removed from the Gator team, Lemons finds himself making headlines again, only not for the reasons he had hoped.
— Adarius Zabri Lemons (@adariuslemons) September 9, 2018
It was announced today that the former Gator has been arrested on battery charges involving himself and his longtime girlfriend. Reports state that during an altercation which allegedly started due to a social media message, Adarius “struck and strangled” his girlfriend after the two had gotten into an argument last Friday, leaving her with numerous bruises, cuts, and scrapes.
It was also reported that during the altercation, Lemons slammed her phone on the ground, shattering it into pieces.
Formerly ranked within the top 150 players in the country according to the ESPN top 300 when he committed in 2016, Lemons along with several other players was suspended by coach Dan Mullen for the season opener against Charleston Southern for not following team policies, and as previously mentioned didn’t log a single carry against Kentucky.
The 21-year old remains in the Alachua County jail on a $65,000 bond.
Who Is Adarius Lemons?
Adarius Lemons, a native of Clearwater, Florida was a running back in the 2017 Florida Gator recruitment class. Seeing only limited action as a freshman and quitting the team after not appearing in the first two games of the season, Lemons amassed 136 rushing yards on 19 attempts along with one reception for 7 yards during his brief Gator career.
As a high school standout, Lemons was ranked in the upper half of the ESPN top 300 before committing to Florida in 2016. The Clearwater native tallied up just over 2,300 rushing yards and found the end zone 27 times over the course of his high school career.