GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Urban Meyer said Friday that junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI days before the SEC Championship Game, will play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, assuming there are no further incidents.
Dunlap was suspended for the SEC title game, which Florida lost to Alabama 32-13. Meyer said Florida’s administration and athletic director Jeremy Foley signed off on the decision, which was made Friday.
“It was his first mistake — a real serious one, but he paid a real serious price as well,” Meyer said. “But he’s also — since he’s been here — been a good student, good person, presented well.”
Meyer’s press conference Friday was the first time he’s spoken publicly to a large group of reporters since the SEC title game on Dec. 5, and his subsequent hospitalization the next day.
Meyer admitted himself to Shands Hospital in Gainesville shortly after the team arrived from the SEC game in Atlanta for chest pains. He said Friday it was due to a lack of eating.
“I’m doing fine,” he said. “I don’t eat. God makes your body, I guess you’re suppose to eat and I didn’t, but I’m fine.”
Meyer was treated for dehydration Dec. 6 and released the same day.
Meyer also said Dunlap’s arrest and subsequent suspension “devastated” the junior defensive end, who has recently rejoined the team to begin preparing for Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.