Florida RB Jordan Scarlett Suspended Indefinitely for Violation of Team Rules

The first round came on August 13, when seven players-James Houston, Kadeem Telfort, Keivonnis Davis, Antonio Callaway, Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones, and Ventrell Miller-were suspended for reportedly misusing school-issued debit cards, a decision head coach Jim McElwain called "extremely disappointing".

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Wednesday that the offense will be without running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells, two players who have been suspended from all team activities.

Scarlett and Wells, a redshirt freshman wide receiver who is out with injury, are suspended indefinitely and will not travel with the team to Arlington, Texas, for the opener.

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McAdoo gave no indications that he would rest either player in the final two preseason games, which is somewhat understandable. Leading receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall seemingly avoided major injuries in a meaningless preseason game.

Wells redshirted previous year as a freshman.

The 17th-ranked Gators will now be without their top target and rusher from a season ago, in addition to reserve offensive linemen Kadeem Telfort and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller and defensive linemen Jordan Smith and Keivonnis Davis. He took over the starting role in 2016, rushing for 889 yards and six touchdowns. ESPN further reported that the players bought items with their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then sold them for cash. Now the Gators will be without their best running back, too.

Callaway is one of Florida's most risky weapons on offense, accounting for 721 yards and three touchdowns, along with 218 yards returning. Miller was also charged with marijuana possession, but he was already suspended. It was a huge bump in playing time following a freshman season in which he toted the rock only nine times.

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