Everage found innocent in marijuana case

Updated: August 12, 2003, 12:20 PM ET

NORMAN, Okla. -- A Cleveland County judge has found Oklahoma safety Brandon Everage innocent of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after deciding there wasn't enough evidence in the case.

Everage was cleared of the charge last week by Cleveland County District Judge Tom Lucas.

"Based on what I saw and read, it was not a good case at best," Lucas said. "Clearly, there wasn't a case."

That cleared the way for Everage to be fully reinstated to the team by OU coach Bob Stoops. The senior from Granger, Texas, will be suspended for the Sooners' season opener against North Texas on Aug. 30.

"He has been reinstated and is ready to play," Stoops said in a statement. "He'll be suspended for the first game and then cleared thereafter."

Everage, 22, was charged Feb. 12 with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was accused of having a small amount of marijuana in his truck.

If convicted, Everage could have faced up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Stoops suspended Everage from the team in the winter and spring, but he was allowed to work out with his teammates during the summer.

A second-team All-American last season, Everage had 94 tackles, six interceptions and three sacks. He was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive back.

Also, the Sooners learned that highly touted freshman quarterback Tommy Grady is eligible to join the team after being granted a waiver by the NCAA.

Grady, a 6-foot-6, 200-pounder from Huntington Beach, Calif., didn't report with the rest of the team last week because he hadn't yet been ruled academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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