Seven play­ers sus­pended, 3 oth­ers dis­ci­plined for opener

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - By Edgar Thomp­son And Mor­gan McMullen Staff writ­ers

GAINESVILLE — Sopho­more re­ceiver Kadar­ius Toney and se­nior de­fen­sive end CeCe Jef­fer­son head­lined the list of seven Ga­tors play­ers sus­pended for Satur­day’s game against Charleston South­ern.

The sus­pen­sions of Toney and re­serve de­fen­sive tackle Kyree Camp­bell stemmed from their role May 28 al­ter­ca­tion on cam­pus with a group of lo­cal Gainesville men. Jef­fer­son sat out due to aca­demic rea­sons, a source con­firmed.

Jef­fer­son also had off­sea­son shoul­der surgery, which may have con­trib­uted to his role as a re­serve to ju­nior Jachai Po­lite.

De­fen­sive tackle Luke An­crum, cor­ner­back Brian Ed­wards, tail­back Adar­ius Lemons and walk-on of­fen­sive line­man James Wash­ing­ton also did not play.

Toney, a ver­sa­tile re­ceiver who of­ten lines up in the wild­cat, will now have to wait un­til at least next Satur­day’s visit from Ken­tucky to play in new coach Dan Mullen’s sys­tem. Jef­fer­son is ex­pected to thrive as a pass rusher in de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Todd Gran­tham’s 3-4 de­fen­sive align­ment.

Three Ga­tors sit out a se­ries

Red­shirt sopho­more Stone Forsythe started at right tackle in place of ju­nior Jawaan Taylor, who coaches sat out a se­ries for fail­ing to meet the Ga­tor stan­dard.

Mean­while, Po­lite and line­backer Vosean Joseph sat out the first de­fen­sive se­ries for the same rea­son. Each re­turned for the sec­ond se­ries. Joseph made a tackle on his first play.

Also, line­backer Rayshad Jack­son started Ga­tors se­nior de­fen­sive end CeCe Jef­fer­son was among seven play­ers sus­pended for Florida’s sea­son opener against Charleston South­ern on Satur­day.

in place of David Reese, who is nurs­ing an an­kle in­jury.

McPher­son wins kick­ing job

Fresh­man kicker Evan McPher­son started at place­kicker for the Ga­tors.

The kick­ing bat­tle was a bit of a mys­tery com­ing into Satur­day. Mullen said last week that he could make the de­ci­sion on the kicker spot as late as the team’s on-field warmups be­fore the game.

McPher­son also han­dled the team’s kickoff du­ties

and made a 21-yard field goal to give UF a 10-0 lead.


Sopho­more cor­ner­back CJ Hen­der­son and fifthyear se­nior tight R.J. Ray­mond served as team cap­tains. … Charleston South­ern line­backer Ed­ward King was ejected on the game’s sec­ond play for tar­get­ing UF quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks as he slid at the end of a 4-yard run. … Ohio State trans­fer re­ceiver Trevon Grimes scored the 2018 Ga­tors’

Late game

Satur­day night’s Charleston South­ernFlorida game was not over in time for this edi­tion. Go to Sun­Sen­ sports

first touch­down, turn­ing a bub­ble screen from Franks into a 34-yard score. … Ma­lik Davis was the first run­ning back with a carry af­ter starter Jor­dan Scar­lett. Davis is play­ing in his first game since tear­ing his ACL against Georgia last sea­son.


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