GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain confirmed Monday that freshman wide receiver James Robinson joined the long list of players suspended for the season opener against Michigan after being cited for marijuana possession last week.
“[I] thought that was perfectly obvious,” McElwain said. “… Of course not. Come on.”
As was first reported by Jacksonville’s First Coast News, citing a University Police Department report, a resident assistant was walking outside of the Keys residential complex on campus around 12:30 a.m. Monday and smelled a “strong odor of burnt cannabis emanating in the air” and then called University Police.
Once police entered the room, in which both Robinson and linebacker Ventrell Miller were identified, “officers found a cloud of smoke and a styrofoam cup that police say appeared to be used as an ash tray,” First Coast News reported.
“It’s always disappointing,” McElwain said. “That’s part of growing up. That’s part of making choices and understanding based on those choices really determines what’s going to happen with you. Yet, like I said, I’m not giving up on him.”
Robinson, a 4-star signee out of Lakeland, Fla., has had off-the-field troubles that predate his arrival at Florida. He was cited for marijuana possession during his visit at Ohio State in January. McElwain fought for Robinson to be able to sign and enroll at Florida, despite the off-field issues and pushback from university administration. Robinson finally enrolled on Aug. 4.
Miller was already one of six players suspended for reportedly misusing school funds, a group that is headlined by junior wide receiver Antonio Callaway. None of those six players have been with the team since the suspension was announced.
In addition to the suspended players, McElwain said defensive back C.J. McWilliams is out and tight end Kemore Gamble (foot) is “highly questionable. Linebacker Kylan Johnson, a projected starter, is “iffy” for the game on Saturday, but McElwain said he anticipates Johnson starting.
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