UF takes 4 suspended players back, including RB Jordan Scarlett

Jordan Scarlett, UF’s leading rusher in 2016, is back on the team and will compete for his old job this spring.

Published on Wednesday, 1/24/18, at 12:55 p.m. Eastern.

Four Florida players suspended for the entire 2017 season for their roles in a credit card fraud scandal have been allowed to rejoin team activities.

UF officials confirmed the return of the players to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The quartet includes RB Jordan Scarlett, WR Rick Wells, LB James Houston and LB Ventrell Miller. Scarlett led the Gators in rushing in 2016. A fifth player, DE Keivonnis Davis, is enrolled in school but is recovering from an injury in a scooter accident.

Nine players were caught up in the scandal that rocked the football program last August. Four have moved on from UF with three expected to transfer. WR Antonio Callaway has entered the NFL Draft.

These five players are returning, while DE CeCe Jefferson and OT Martez Ivey opted to return for their senior seasons rather than declare for the NFL Draft a year early. Jefferson is expected to have a monster senior campaign in new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme.

UF finished the 2017 campaign with a 4-7 record. It was the second losing season for the storied program in the past 38 years.

In other college football news, Florida St. QB Deondre Francois is reportedly being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department for a domestic violence incident that took place early this morning.

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