Florida suspends leading rusher Jordan Scarlett for opener vs. MI

The Florida Gators' list of players suspended for their biggest season opener in at least three decades is up to 10, including UF's top running back and receiver.

No. 17 Florida's task in its high-profile season-opener against No. 11 MI just got even more hard.

Seven others, including leading receiver Antonio Callaway, were suspended August 13 for reportedly purchasing items at the campus bookstore with their student identification cards, which didn't have sufficient funds for the transactions, and later selling the items for cash.

Star receiver Antonio Callaway headlined the group of players previously involved in the incident.

Freshman wide receiver James Robinsonwas also suspended after he was cited for marijuana possession earlier this month. 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. 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. ESPN further reported that the players bought items with their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then sold them for cash. The junior finished last season with 889 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 179 carries. 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. It was a huge bump in playing time following a freshman season in which he toted the rock only nine times.

  • Rosalie Stanley