Florida announced Wednesday that starting running back Jordan Scarlett is suspended ahead of the team’s season opener against Michigan on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). He’s one of 10 suspended Gators, along with top wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
The suspensions of Scarlett, receiver Rick Wells, and freshman receiver James Robinson are in addition to seven others that were announced earlier in August. Those were Callaway, offensive linemen Kadeem Telfort and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, and defensive linemen Jordan Smith and Keivonnis Davis.
Gators blog Alligator Army says:
It appeared when those seven suspensions were announced in mid-August that no criminal charges are likely for any of the players involved in this incident — or incidents. But Florida’s sweeping suspensions of seven players also suggested that the program had found the full breadth of whatever misdeeds had been done, and a subsequent suspension for related activities sure seems to undercut that notion.
Of the two players suspended, Scarlett is obviously the far more important — he was Florida’s leading rusher in 2016, and may be the Gators’ finest offensive player, a workhorse back with great quickness and power who made a run at 1,000 yards on the ground last year despite sharing carries with several other backs. Wells, by contrast, was one of just three scholarship players not known to be suspended or seriously injured to be left off Florida’s “unofficial” depth chart for Saturday’s game when it was released on Tuesday…Read More