Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

RB Scarlett Added to Florida's Suspensions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

RB Scarlett Added to Florida's Suspensions

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Byline: Phillip Heilman

Two more players were suspended Wednesday for No. 17 Florida's season opener against No. 11 Michigan, bringing the total to 10 ahead of Saturday's game.

Starting running back Jordan Scarlett and reserve receiver Rick Wells, who played at Raines, have been suspended from all team activities.

Gators coach Jim McElwain said his staff was "made aware of some things" but declined to go into further details.

Two sources told the Times-Union the suspensions are related to the misuse of university funds that resulted in seven players being suspended indefinitely earlier this month. The sources chose not to be named due to an ongoing investigation.

"The one thing I never do is look the other way or tried to hide something," McElwain said. "The guys on our team understand their responsibility."

Neither player will travel to Arlington, Texas, for the game, McElwain said.

Several weeks of unrest began Aug. 13 when UF announced that receiver Antonio Callaway, the team's best playmaker, was one of seven players suspended due to a violation of team rules, along with offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, defensive linemen Richerd Desir-Jones, Jordan Smith, Keivonnis Davis and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller.

On Monday, receiver James Robinson was added to the group of suspended players following his Aug. 21 citation for marijuana possession.

"I didn't expect these," McElwain said of the suspensions. "I don't expect any more. Some places, who knows, you might try to figure it out. But at the end of the day, the positive is we are going to handle what it is and not run and hide. There's some guys who are going to step up and play their tails off. It's going to be fun to watch."

This is the second time Scarlett has been suspended during his UF career.

He was arrested on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in December 2015, according to court records, and was suspended for Florida's 41-7 loss to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. …

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