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Jaguars' Nelson and 3 Gators Questioned in Florida Shooting

Louisville's JaJuan Spillman was suspended from the team indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. He was arrested earlier this year after a car accident.
Louisville's JaJuan Spillman was suspended from the team indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. He was arrested earlier this year after a car accident. (By James Crisp -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson and three Florida football players have been questioned about a shooting outside a Gainesville nightclub following the Gators' loss to Auburn, police said yesterday.

Nelson's agent, Hadley Engelhard, confirmed that Nelson was at The Venue on Saturday night but said he left three hours before the shooting.

Gainesville police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said Nelson is "not a suspect. He's just a guy we wanted to talk to."

Nelson, an all-American at Florida last season and a first-round draft pick by the Jaguars in April, agreed to meet with police Sunday morning.

Kameg said three Florida players also were questioned, but he declined to release their names.

According to police, 28-year-old Corey Smith and 19-year-old Justin Glass were driving in traffic around 2:30 a.m. when a man walked up to their car and started shooting. Smith was shot in the upper body, and Glass was shot in the arm. Their conditions were not immediately available yesterday.

¿ COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Louisville wide receiver-kick returner JaJuan Spillman has been suspended from the team indefinitely, Coach Steve Kragthorpe said.

Kragthorpe did not give a reason for the suspension. Spillman has played in all five games for the Cardinals (3-2) this season. He is fifth on the team in receptions with nine for 64 yards. He also has split time returning punts and kickoffs with Trent Guy. Spillman is averaging 22.2 yards per kick return and 8.8 yards per punt return.

Spillman, a sophomore, was arrested earlier this year following a car accident in the Louisville. According to a police report, an officer responded to an accident near campus. The report said Spillman and an unnamed passenger admitted to the officer that they had smoked marijuana in the car. An officer found 9.3 grams of marijuana, police said.

The case is headed to trial on Nov. 27.

Kragthorpe said in August that the matter was being handled internally, and Spillman was not immediately disciplined. . . .


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