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

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

Coach Jim McElwain has suspended running back Jordan Scarlett, the Gators' leading rusher last season, from all team activities, the school announced Wednesday.

Gainesville, Fla. - No. 17 Florida has suspended two more players, including starting running back Jordan Scarlett, for its season opener against 11th-ranked MI.

Scarlett and Wells bring UF's total to 10 players suspended for the MI game, nine for their roles in the debit card fraud.

None of the nine players involved in the fraud will travel to Texas.

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Florida suspended those players - offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive end Jordan Smith, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston and linebacker Ventrell Miller - in mid-August.

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

Scarlett was Florida's starting running back, rushing for 889 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. ESPN further reported that the players bought items with their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then sold them for cash. 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, a junior and the team's top playmaker, has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons.

Of the suspended players, the losses of juniors Callaway and Scarlett are the most significant. He was suspended from the team, along with former quarterback Treon Harris, in January 2016 in the wake of a sexual assault claim made against the two.

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