Florida suspends 2 more for opener, including RB Scarlett


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

As if that wasn't damaging enough to their chances on Saturday, Wednesday they announced the suspension of leading rusher Jordan Scarlett as well as another wide receiver on the roster in Rick Wells.

Wells is a redshirt freshman receiver who did not play a year ago.

Scarlett, who practiced on Tuesday, and Wells are suspended from all team activities and will not travel for the No. 17 Gators' matchup with No. 11 MI on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Star receiver Antonio Callaway headlined the group of players previously involved in the incident. But Florida's sweeping suspensions of seven players also suggested that the program had found the full breadth of whatever misdeeds had been done, and a subsequent suspension for related activities sure seems to undercut that notion.

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. They will not play when the Gators and Wolverines play in Arlington Saturday. Scarlett, a junior, led the team with 889 yards rushing and six touchdowns last season.

Desir-Jones saw playing time in two games last season on the offensive line, but switched to defensive line this season.

Of the suspended players, the losses of juniors Callaway and Scarlett are the most significant. Miller, Houston, and Smith are freshmen, but Davis earned five starts last season.