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Florida loses two more players for season opener

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Florida's chances against Michigan in its season opener on Saturday took another hit Wednesday when the team announced junior Jordan Scarlett and redshirt freshman Rick Wells are suspended for the game. 

"Head Coach Jim McElwain has announced that Jordan Scarlett and Rick Wells are suspended from all team activities," the team wrote on Twitter. 

That brings Florida's total suspension list up to 10. Seven players were suspended for alleged misuse of school funds earlier this month, receiver James Robinson was suspended for a marijuana citation last week and now Scarlett and Wells are suspended for unknown reasons. 

The latest round of suspensions is a significant blow to the Gators at running back, where Scarlett led the team with 889 yards and six touchdowns a season ago. On Tuesday, he reiterated his goal for this season is to rush for 1,000 yards. He was also atop the team's depth chart. 

That leaves sophomore Lamical Perine and redshirt senior Mark Thompson, who combined for 720 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns last season, as UF's primary backs. Freshmen Malik Davis and Adarius Lemons round out the group. 

McElwain is expected to speak with reporters around 5:20 Thursday afternoon. 

 

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