4 Florida players suspended for credit card fraud back with team

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Florida running back <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/255030/" data-ylk="slk:Jordan Scarlett">Jordan Scarlett</a> (25) is one of four suspended players back with the team. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida running back Jordan Scarlett (25) is one of four suspended players back with the team. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Some of the Florida players who were suspended for the 2017 season for credit card fraud are back with the team.

The program confirmed late Tuesday that four of the nine players — running back Jordan Scarlett, linebacker James Houston IV, linebacker Ventrell Miller and wide receiver Rick Wells — have rejoined team activities.

“All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program,” new head coach Dan Mullen said.

The four players entered a pre-trial diversion program in October that would allow the charges to be dropped provided they comply with probation protocols over a 12-month period. According to the Gainesville Sun, which first reported the news, there is “a chance” the players could potentially face a university suspension.

Three of the other suspended players — wide receiver Antonio Callaway, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones — also agreed to enter the pre-trial diversion program. Two others, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, faced more serious charges than the others and their cases have not yet been resolved.

Callaway, Smith, Desir-Jones and Telfort are no longer enrolled at Florida. Callaway, UF’s top receiver in recent years, entered the NFL draft while the others opted to pursue transfer options. Davis was seriously injured in a moped accident during the season and “faces an uncertain future” in football, per Florida’s website.

Of the four players who have been reinstated, only Scarlett has seen action for the Gators. Scarlett was Florida’s leading rusher in 2016. He finished the year with 889 yards and six touchdowns.

The Gators went 4-7 in 2017 with Jim McElwain getting fired midway through the season. After the season, Mullen, a former UF assistant, was hired away from Mississippi State to lead the Gators forward.

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