As you’ve likely heard by now, the Florida Gators have several players suspended for their season opener against Michigan on Saturday, and you can add two more to the list.
This has not been the offseason that the Florida football program wanted. They cleaned up on the recruiting trail and now have the no. 7 recruiting class in the country according to 247sports’ team recruiting rankings. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that every time you look up, another Florida football player is being suspended for the season opener. The Gators were already going to be without their best offensive playmaker in wide receiver Antonio Callaway, as well as offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, defensive ends Keivonnis Davis and Jordan Smith, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones, and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller.
According to a story by Thomas Goldkamp of 247sports, those players were suspended for the misuse of school-issued funds. Now you can add two more names to the list.
On Wednesday, it was announced that starting running back and 2016 leading rusher, Jordan Scarlett, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Rick Wells will also be suspended for the season opener for the same thing. But that’s not the crazy part.
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According to a story by Zach Aldridge of Spectrum Sports, those two most recent suspensions came after a teammate implicated them to the University of Florida police.
And all of that doesn’t even include the suspension of true freshman wide receiver James Robinson, who was arrested for possession of marijuana earlier this week along with Ventrell Miller, who was already serving a suspension.
That brings the total number of Florida football players suspended for the season opener to 10.
Forget about just the Michigan game. If there is a Florida football player that is implicating other football players to the police, this is a much bigger issue.
At this point I can’t imagine that Florida beats Michigan, and you have two wonder what this does to the chemistry of the Gators’ locker room moving forward.