Isaac Jernagin, a second-year wide receiver on the Nevada football team, was arrested late Wednesday night and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility on six felony drug charges.
After an initial statement Thursday morning from the Wolf Pack saying it was "aware of the situation and working to gather more information at this time," head coach Jay Norvell said during a previously scheduled press availability Jernagin had been dismissed from the team.
Jernagin was booked on two counts of "sell, transport, give or attempt to sell, transport, give, schedule I/schedule II, 1st," the "1st" referring to a first offense.
There are five "schedules" of illegal drugs, according to the DEA. Jernagin's arrest was for schedule I and/or schedule II drugs, which include but are not limited to, PCP, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and marijuana (among schedule I drugs) and methamphetamine, methadone, cocaine and ritalin (among schedule II drugs). Here is the full list of drugs by schedule. The lower the schedule number the higher the potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are those without an accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse and thus deemed the most harmful.
Jernagin also was booked on two counts of "possession with intent to sell schedule I/schedule II flunitrazepam, GHB, 1st" Flunitrazepam is a tranquilizer used to treat severe insomnia and assist with anesthesia. Both flunitrazepam and GHB are known as common date rape drugs.
Jernagin's final two counts were for "possession schedule I/schedule II controlled substance LT, 14 grams, 1st." All six of his counts are felonies. A first-offense sale of a schedule I or II substance is a Category B felony in Nevada, which could include a penalty of imprisonment for a minimum of 1 year and maximum of no more than 6 years and could include a fine of up to $20,000 for each offense. Probation is available on first offenses.
The exact drugs allegedly in Jernagin's possession are unknown as a police booking sheet was not immediately available. Nevada Sports Net has filed a public records request for the booking sheet. The Reno Police Department was the arresting agency. Jernagin was booked at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Jernagin, who turned 19 last month, was a true freshman at Nevada last season and appeared in all nine of the Wolf Pack's games. He made one catch for four yards in a win over New Mexico on Nov. 14. A two-way standout in high school, Jernagin signed with Nevada in December 2019 and was the highest-rated recruit in Nevada's 2020 class, per 247Sports.com. He also held offers from Pac-12 schools USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah and Oregon. Jernagin was the 23rd-highest-ranked recruit to ever sign with Nevada football.
"Really talented dynamic player who had multiple Pac-12 offers," Norvell said of Jernagin on signing day in December 2019. "We had a great relationship with his family and he just fit all the characteristics we want in a player. We're really excited about him."
Jernagin was released Thursday morning. His first court appearance will come later this month and will be at Reno Judicial Court.
This is the second felony arrest for a Nevada football player in the last eight months. In October 2020, defensive tackle Chris Green was charged with two felonies, including customer engaging in soliciting a child for prostitution and child abuse and neglect. His arrest was part of a weeklong human trafficking sting led by the FBI's Northern Nevada Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force that resulted in the arrest of 28 people. Green did not play for Nevada last season and is no longer with the program. Nevada also had a DUI arrest of offensive lineman Frank Poso in April.