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Florida suspends leading rusher Jordan Scarlett for opener vs. MI


Florida announced Wednesday that starting running back Jordan Scarlett is suspended ahead of the team's season opener against MI on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Freshman wide receiver James Robinson was then suspended after being cited for marijuana possession last week.

Scarlett, who practiced on Tuesday, and Wells are suspended from all team activities and will not travel for the No. 17 Gators' matchup with No. 11 MI on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The incident in question involved some of the players using funds issued by the school for a specific objective to buy electronics.


The 17th-ranked Gators will now be without their top target and rusher from a season ago, in addition to reserve offensive linemen Kadeem Telfort and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller and defensive linemen Jordan Smith and Keivonnis Davis.

The football players in Gainesville can't seem to stay out of trouble.

The Gators now have 10 players suspended for their opener against the Michigan Wolverines, making a tough task even tougher.

New information came to light recently that Scarlett and Wells were also involved in the misuse of school-issued funds scheme that caused Callaway and six others to earn suspensions. Still, starting the season with so many disciplinary actions is not a good look for the program of McElwain, who is looking to build on the 9-4 mark Florida put up in his first season at the helm. Callaway caught 54 passes for 721 yards and three TDs. Miller was also charged with marijuana possession, but he was already suspended. He did not practice with the team that spring, but returned to classes during the summer and participated fully in fall practice. It was a huge bump in playing time following a freshman season in which he toted the rock only nine times.

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