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Suspended Florida RB Jordan Scarlett did not declare for the NFL draft, but his future with the Gators is still unknown.

Clarity and clues, taking stock of Florida’s suspended football players

Ryan Young

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Another suspended player leaves while status still uncertain for 5 Gators

The credit card fraud saga that hung over the 2017 Florida football season like a dark cloud still has loose ends to tie up as it relates to the future of several players.

But that list continues to dwindle as a fourth indefinitely suspended player is reportedly leaving the program.

The Gainesville Sun’s Graham Hall reported Monday that defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, who missed his redshirt sophomore season due to the suspension, is transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Desir-Jones came to Florida as a 3-star offensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and got into two games off the bench in 2016 before transitioning to the defensive line.

He follows the departures of three other players suspended in the credit card fraud matter after wide receiver Antonio Callaway declared for the NFL draft and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and defensive lineman Jordan Smith announced intentions to transfer.

If there is any common thread to be taken from that group, Callaway (too many off-the-field distractions), Telfort (too many recommended third-degree felony charges) and Smith (ditto on the volume of charges) always seemed the least likely to return, while Desir-Jones would be facing an uphill battle for a role on the team going forward even if he was cleared to return.

So, in other words, no surprises so far.

Meanwhile, there’s been no official update on the other five suspended players: former starting running back Jordan Scarlett, freshman linebackers Ventrell Miller and James Houston, wide receiver Rick Wells and veteran defensive end Keivonnis Davis, who was in a serious scooter accident last fall and faces health obstacles to any potential return in addition to the other factors.

Each of those players received pre-trial intervention that will allow their charges to be dropped if they meet requirements set forth by the State Attorney’s Office, but it has been conveyed throughout the process that the suspended players must be cleared for return at the university level before it becomes a football matter.

It’s not clear where that process stands.

But for fans looking for clues, it was interesting that Scarlett — the most notable of the remaining suspended players — was not among the list of early entrants who declared for the NFL draft. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play again for the Gators, but it at least seems to indicate he hopes to return.

His Twitter bio continues to list him as a Florida running back, and he tweeted this Monday morning:

Meanwhile, Miller has been tweeting regularly, recently posting a photo of himself working out in Gators attire and posting a photo of an opened Bible over the weekend.

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In other Florida football news

Recruiting roundup

More on Eddy Pineiro’s act of bravery

It came out over the weekend that former Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro, who declared for the NFL draft last month, had received a Police Service Award certificate from the Gainesville Police Department for “selfless acts and extreme bravery” in breaking up an assault of a woman.

Carter, of FloridaGators.com, spoke to Pineiro for more details on the incident and his role in helping the woman to safety.

“It was the worst thing I have ever experienced,” Pineiro told Carter of seeing a man choking and attacking the woman.

Pineiro tweeted about the situation on Sunday.

On the hardwood

  • The Florida men’s basketball team returned to the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, checking in at No. 20 after its 66-64 win at Kentucky on Saturday night.
  • Gators guard Jalen Hudson, who scored a game-high 17 points Saturday night, was named Co-SEC Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Hudson averaged 19.0 points in two games last week against Arkansas and Kentucky.
  • Here’s a look at where that momentous win in Lexington, Ky., ranks among coach Mike White’s biggest victories in his two and a half seasons with the Gators.
  • Overshadowed by the glow of that big win over the weekend, the Florida women’s basketball team picked up a 61-60 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday. The Gators have now won two straight SEC games after starting 0-5 in conference play.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Florida point guard Chris Chiozza paid his tribute to former Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro:

UNLV posted an official welcome to former Florida linebackers coach Tim Skipper, who left the Gators this month to become the Runnin’ Rebels’ defensive coordinator:

The Gators’ official account recognized Florida’s former players heading to the Super Bowl:

New Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson, a former LB at rival Georgia, is fully embracing his newfound connection to the Gators:

Former Gators punter Johnny Townsend tweeted from the Senior Bowl:

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