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Another suspended player leaves while status still uncertain for 5 Gators
The credit card fraud saga that hung over the 2017 Florida football season like a dark cloud still has loose ends to tie up as it relates to the future of several players.
But that list continues to dwindle as a fourth indefinitely suspended player is reportedly leaving the program.
The Gainesville Sun’s Graham Hall reported Monday that defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, who missed his redshirt sophomore season due to the suspension, is transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
Desir-Jones came to Florida as a 3-star offensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and got into two games off the bench in 2016 before transitioning to the defensive line.
He follows the departures of three other players suspended in the credit card fraud matter after wide receiver Antonio Callaway declared for the NFL draft and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and defensive lineman Jordan Smith announced intentions to transfer.
If there is any common thread to be taken from that group, Callaway (too many off-the-field distractions), Telfort (too many recommended third-degree felony charges) and Smith (ditto on the volume of charges) always seemed the least likely to return, while Desir-Jones would be facing an uphill battle for a role on the team going forward even if he was cleared to return.
So, in other words, no surprises so far.
Meanwhile, there’s been no official update on the other five suspended players: former starting running back Jordan Scarlett, freshman linebackers Ventrell Miller and James