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Updated: January 16th, 2013 11:44am
Former Gophers receiver A.J. Barker charged with marijuana possession

Former Gophers receiver A.J. Barker charged with marijuana possession

A.J. Barker left the Gophers football team in hopes of getting a fresh start. So far, it doesn't appear things are going entirely to plan.

Barker was charged on Monday in Houston with suspicion of marijuana possession, the Pioneer Press reported on Wednesday, citing court records.

Per the report, Barker was arrested around 11 p.m. Saturday on campus at the University of Houston, where he reportedly received a football scholarship after his contentious split from the Gophers.

However, an athletic department spokesman in Houston told the Star Tribune that "A.J. Barker is not a member of our football team and was not offered a scholarship as some outlets have reported."

Barker, 21, posted $500 bail and has a court date on Feb. 14, the Pioneer Press report said.

A St. Paul native and walk-on who caught 30 passes for 577 yards and seven touchdowns before an ankle injury ended his season with the Gophers, Barker quit the team in November with a lengthy diatribe towards coach Jerry Kill posted to his blog.

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