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Charges lessened for signee Axon

Ben Axon
Ben Axon

USC football signee Ben Axon has entered pre-trial intervention in Florida after his felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell was knocked down to a misdemeanor.

Axon, 20, was arrested on May 20 following a traffic stop in his hometown of Bradenton. He informed police that 23 baggies of pot found in a car belonged to him.

His lawyer, Charles Sniffen, said Axon has until late October to complete the PTI, but he understood “everything will be done sooner rather than later.”

Axon’s place on the USC football team is unclear. Team spokesman Steve Fink said there was nothing to report, and it was unknown whether Axon has been admitted to school.

Axon rushed for 1,026 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He also caught 41 passes and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass. He was named player of the year by The Bradenton Herald.

As a senior, he rushed for 695 yards and 12 touchdowns and missed one game for a violation of team rules.

Axon was rated as the nation’s No. 31 running back and the No. 54 player in the state of Florida by He was the nation’s 87th-best running back according to

He originally committed to Clemson and also considered Florida State, Purdue and West Virginia.