Jordan Scarlett impresses during Florida's spring game – The Independent Florida Alligator
When UF quarterback Kyle Trask handed the ball off to running back Jordan Scarlett at the 45-yard line, it appeared he was going to be tackled immediately.
But then he noticed an opening, a small hole just big enough for him to escape through. So he took it, and he kept running.
The Florida football team filled Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with fun on Saturday afternoon.
He saw nothing but open field in front of him as he raced up the sideline. He made it 27 yards before being pushed out of bounds by defensive back Shawn Davis.
Three plays later, Scarlett received the ball again. This time, he ran seven yards and stopped after crossing the goal line for the touchdown. It seemed as if the player that had been suspended before Florida’s season opener in 2017 for his alleged involvement in a credit card fraud scheme had never left.
Although his squad — the Blue team — lost to the Orange team on Saturday in UF’s annual spring game, Scarlett shined in his return to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“Overall I feel like I had a pretty good performance,” he said.
While he didn’t put up the numbers he usually does in games, with the glorified practice feel the spring game had, Scarlett’s numbers are still respectable.
The redshirt junior scored two touchdowns with 57 yards on 10 carries. He received the ball more and ran for more yards than any running back on the Gators’ roster. The only player to record more rushing yards was Orange team quarterback Feleipe Franks, whose stats were boosted by a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Scarlett’s other touchdown run came toward the end of