True freshman wide receiver James Robinson has been suspended from the opener against Michigan after being cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession last week, Florida coach Jim McElwain said Monday.
“No,” McElwain said when asked if Robinson would play Saturday. “Thought that was perfectly obvious. Of course not. Come on.”
Robinson brings to eight the total number of players suspended for the opener.
Robinson and true freshman linebacker Ventrell Miller were both cited last week after the smell of marijuana was emanating from their dorm room and two small baggies of marijuana were found.
Miller already had been suspended from the opener. He was one of seven players suspended indefinitely from all team activities for misuse of university funds. The others are wide receiver Antonio Callaway, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones, offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, linebacker James Houston, defensive end Keivonnis Davis and defensive end Jordan Smith.
McElwain said there is no change in the status of those seven players. They cannot return until restitution is made
“No, still kind of running its course,” he said.
Robinson was considered somewhat of a risky recruit for UF after being cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana during an official visit to Ohio State in January. Robinson was finally cleared by UF to sign with the Gators on national signing day.
“Well, it’s always disappointing,” McElwain said of Robinson’s latest indiscretion. “That’s part of growing up. That’s part of making choices and understanding based on those choices really determines what’s going to happen with you. Yet, I’m not giving up on him.”