Florida has suspended two players for the Citrus Bowl matchup against Michigan due to academic reasons. Those two players are, according to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel, are starting right tackle Mason Halter or and linebacker Anthony Harrell.
Per Thompson, both players have been suspended for academic reasons.
This does not bode well for the Gators, as there is little to no depth behind either player. Halter’s suspension means that freshman Fredrick Johnson will step in on the strong side, which means that Michigan’s defense could end up having a field day against a Gators offense that already struggled mightily with Treon Harris under center.
Sadly, rules are rules and the NCAA offers no exceptions. As strong as coach Jim McElwain’s first season in Florida was, all signs now point to it ending on a low note.
Kickoff in Orlando is slated for 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day, with the broadcast set to be on CBS.
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