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. Details of the suspensions were undisclosed.
The Gators now have 10 players suspended for their opener against the Michigan Wolverines, making a tough task even tougher.
McElwain suspended seven other players for the opener in a crop headlined by wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
Scarlett was pivotal for the Gators rushing attack — and an underwhelming offense as a whole — last season as a sophomore. The 5-foot-10 tailback averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns over 13 games. It was a huge bump in playing time following a freshman season in which he toted the rock only nine times.
Scarlett pranced his way for 94 yards on 14 carries in the Gators’ Outback Bowl win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 2.
Wells was decimated by a hamstring injury last summer, a setback that prompted the Gators to redshirt the former 3-star recruit. The wide receiver then underwent surgery in the spring to mend a leg injury.
Callaway and Scarlett as non-factors for Week 1 doesn’t bode well for an offense that struggled last season, and one that doesn’t even know which quarterback will be under center for the opener.
Michigan’s defense lost a wave of athleticism from last season’s squad, but it’s tough to think Don Brown’s squad isn’t licking their chops in the wake of all of Florida’s absentees in the skill corps.