With investigations lasting nearly six months, four Florida Gator football players return to all team activities.
Nine Florida football players were involved in credit card scandal dating back to last August. The athletes used these stolen card numbers to pay for school bookstore accounts to purchase multiple items. All players were facing at least one third-degree felony charge.
After an indefinite suspension, among the nine players, four will be returning to the team, including star running back Jordan Scarlett. Others include redshirt sophomore receiver Rick Wells and redshirt freshman linebackers Ventral Miller and James Houston.
Scarlett tweeted his excitement to be back with the team Tuesday night.
More hungry than ever❗️
— Jordan Scarlett (@ScarlettFever25) January 24, 2018
Mullen and the Team
Newly-hired head coach for the Gators, Dan Mullen, released a statement concerning the team.
“All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program,” Mullen said.
Four other Florida football players decided to leave the team. Antonio Callaway decided to leave early for the NFL. Red-shirt freshman defensive-end Jordan Smith, freshman Kadeem Telfort and sophomore defensive-lineman Richerd Desir-Jones have decided to leave the University of Florida.
The final suspended player is redshirt junior defensive end, Keivonnis Davis. Davis’ football career is unknown due to a scooter accident last fall. He is still recovering from serious injury.
Gators on the Field
Jordan Scarlett will be a big asset to the Gators offense this season. In the Gators 9-4 (6-2 SEC) 2016 football season, Scarlett had 889 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Florida had a 4-7 record last year without Scarlett and the other suspended players finishing with just three conference wins.
Freshman running back, Malik Davis had an impressive freshman season filling in for Scarlett’s absence. Davis finished with 526 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry through seven games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Scarlett back on the field will add another threat to Mullen’s offense in the up-coming 2018 season.