Florida suspends 2 more players for MI game, including its top RB

Scarlett and redshirt freshman receiver Rick Wells will join eight other players coach Jim McElwain has suspended for the most high-profile season opener for the Gators in decades.

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).

According to CBS Sports, Gator wide receiver James Robinson and linebacker Ventrell Miller were cited with misdemeanor marijuana possession on Monday. Of the 10, Callaway, Scarlett and backup defensive end Keivonnis Davis were the only ones who would've seen appreciable time against MI.

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

The football players in Gainesville can't seem to stay out of trouble. It's the same issue that resulted in seven other UF players being suspended indefinitely earlier this month, including junior standout receiver Antonio Callaway.

The Gators now have 10 players suspended for their season opener with MI on Saturday. ESPN further reported that the players bought items with their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then sold them for cash. Callaway led the Gators in receptions, yards and touchdowns a season ago.

Callaway is one of Florida's most unsafe weapons on offense, accounting for 721 yards and three touchdowns, along with 218 yards returning.

Of the suspended players, the losses of juniors Callaway and Scarlett are the most significant. He did not practice with the team that spring, but returned to classes during the summer and participated fully in fall practice.

  • Steve Townsend