Florida Gators suspended vs. Michigan, including Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway

Florida Gators suspended vs. Michigan, including Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway

Javier Howell
August 31, 2017

Junior running back Jordan Scarlett, the team's leading rusher last season, and redshirt freshman Rick Wells have been suspended from team activities by coach Jim McElwain.

Florida announced Wednesday the suspension of running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells "from all team activities", making it an even 10 expected to sit out of Saturday's season opener against MI at AT&T Stadium (3:30 p.m., ABC).

Scarlett and Wells join a list of suspended players that also include would-be starting wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

None of those nine will travel to Texas for the game.

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The suspensions are related to the seven suspensions handed down August 14 for alleged misuse of school funds, according to a source. And as of now, the Gators will be without 10 suspended football players.

Scarlett, a 206-pounder, led the Gators with 889 yards and 6 touchdowns a year ago - taking over the starting job after the beginning of the season. ESPN further reported that the players bought items with their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then sold them for cash.

This is just all too much for people to take in, and the reactions on Twitter are just rolling in with the Florida suspensions now hitting double digits. Callaway, a junior and the team's top playmaker, has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons. In May, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession, but he was not suspended, and McElwain stated he was dealing with the situation internally, without a public announcement of discipline. 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.