Several players said Thursday they believed the team policy offered no wiggle room regarding weapons.
"No weapons allowed," receiver Josh Hammond said. "That's been our policy since coach Mullen got here."
Mullen said otherwise.
"It's a no-weapons policy in certain situations of how to be educated to not have (issues)," said Mullen, hired last November and tasked with rebuilding an offense that has been stagnant for nearly a decade. "No weapons, that's easy to remember. If I write out all the different (scenarios) — no weapons in these situations or have a weapon for a hunting situation, if I'm doing this, I store it at this location, I keep it here, I have gun safety rules and knowledge — that's not a quick catch to them to register in their mind. Does that make sense?"
Toney's traffic stop came after tension — and at least one fight — between several football players and some Gainesville residents, including Devante Zachery.
Zachery told police that one player had an assault rifle during a confrontation in late May. It turned out the orange tip of Toney's Airsoft gun had been painted black to resemble a real rifle, according to the police report.
Six players, including top receiver Tyrie Cleveland and freshman quarterback Emory Jones, are facing university disciplinary action following the on-campus altercation.
Cleveland, Jones, Toney, defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, receiver Rick Wells and tight end Kemore Gamble were not charged following a university police investigation. Officers referred the matter to the school's Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution department.
"I feel like everybody is really trying to come together and make smarter decisions off the field," Cleveland said. "I feel like we got the message and we're working really hard toward it."
Toney and Campbell were referred to the board for having Airsoft guns, which have a plastic body and shoot plastic projectiles. Cleveland, Jones, Wells and Gamble were referred for lying to police officers.
"Most discipline issues occur because someone made a poor decision," Mullen said. "It doesn't matter what form it is, whether you're talking about if someone stole something, if you're talking about a decision with a female, if you're talking about a decision involving drugs or alcohol, you're talking about a decision with a weapon, someone made a poor decision along the way. It's a constant education process on making good decisions."