The Florida football team will be without another player when it kicks off the 2017 season this weekend against Michigan.
Freshman receiver James Robinson has been suspended for Saturday’s game against the No. 11 Wolverines (3:30 p.m., ABC), Gators coach Jim McElwain told reporters Monday.
Robinson was one of two players cited for marijuana possession last Monday, Aug. 21, in an on-campus residence hall in Gainesville.
“Thought it was perfectly obvious,” McElwain said in response to a question about Robinson’s status for the game. “Of course not. Come on.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Lakeland, Fla., native joins seven other Florida players suspended for the game against Michigan, including top receiver from a season ago Antonio Callaway.
Callaway was part of a large group the University of Florida said was misusing school-issued debit cards. With Florida’s top target out, Robinson was expected to earn some playing time.
The marijuana citation was the second this year for Robinson, a four-star recruit with scholarship offers from more than three-dozen Division I schools.
Ventrell Miller, the other Florida player cited for marijuana possession last week, had already been suspended for the Michigan game for his role in the debit-card ring.
Of course, the 17th-ranked Gators still have not determined a starting quarterback, at least publicly. Graduate transfer Malik Zaire (Notre Dame) and redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks are competing with Luke Del Rio, the junior incumbent.