Troubled Florida defensive end Jordan Smith is facing four additional potential third-degree felony charges, bringing his total to 22.
According to court records, Gainesville Police filed a sworn complaint against Smith on Wednesday, charging him with two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft between $300 and $5,000.
The charges come two days after University Police filed a sworn complaint against Smith charging him with 18 third-degree felonies resulting from UPD’s investigation into credit card fraud.
Eight other UF players are facing third-degree felony charges from the UPD investigation.
GPD had a separate investigation on Smith, but no other UF players were involved in that investigation.
GPD alleges that Smith used a stolen credit card to pay $1,007.82 in rent for his Gainesville apartment.
The sworn complaints against all nine players have been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office, which will investigate and then determine whether formal charges are brought against the players.
That process is expected to take several weeks.
The players have been under indefinite suspension since before the start of the season.
“Obviously, this is a long legal piece still to go,” UF coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday. “Once the legal piece is done, then (there’s) the university piece. So, obviously, disappointed as we were from the get-go. And yet, there’s still a lot to be found out. I think you’ve just got to let it, from a legal standpoint, play out. And then, obviously from there, the university standpoint. Then we’ll deal with it at that time.”
McElwain said he was stunned by the number of charges leveled at some of the players, and some of the amounts stolen. Smith is facing 22 charges, while true freshman offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort’s total is 30. The seven other players — Antonio Callaway, Jordan Scarlett, Keivonnis Davis, Rick Wells, Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker Ventrell Miller and linebacker James Houston — are all facing two third-degree felony charges.
“I’d say this, in a couple of the guys’ case, when you look at the sheer numbers. … The idea of getting something for nothing, really disappointing.
“If something looks too good to be true, probably is too good to be true. Look, everybody in here, we know right from wrong. There comes a point where you’ve got to tell yourself this is right or this is wrong. Like I said, disappointing, no doubt about it. In some cases, the amount, you know, a couple of the cases. … Wow.”
McElwain said he’s had a chance to talk to the suspended players.
“We’ve been in contact from the standpoint of making sure through all their academic stuff. More than anything is the understanding that they’ve got a lot to take care of and you’ve got to take care of that before you take care of anything else.”
McElwain said he’s already had discussions with athletic director Scott Stricklin and some in the school’s administration.
“The conversations have been, obviously, you’ve got to let the legal process go, the investigation go and find out from there,” he said.
McElwain said the nine players all remain in class.