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Gators Frankie Hammond Jr. without a scholarship after DUI arrest

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday at Southeastern Conference Media Days that UF receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. of Hallandale lost his scholarship after being arrested for DUI this summer.

"He's off of scholarship at Florida," Meyer said. "If he tries to come back and play, which I understand he will, he'll have to pay his own way and earn a spot like any other member that would like to be a part of Florida football. There will be playing time taken away for him. He'll be on probation like other players that have made mistakes. If he does something again, it will be probable dismissal.

"As of right now, he's not on the football team. He's training away from the team, off of scholarship. We'll see how he shows up and if he goes. If he goes, we'll make the adjustment as we move on."

Hammond, a redshirt sophomore, was expected to compete for playing time this preseason. An accomplished high jumper, Hammond was also an important part of the Gators' track and field team before his arrest. Players at the University of Florida, including former All-American Brandon James, have lost their scholarships in the past for various mistakes and worked their way back onto the field.

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