Posted by Jerry Hinnen
After a torrid offseason and multiple reports out of Florida practice naming him ready for a breakout season, this blog named Gator sophomore defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd to its preseason All-SEC team. But a late-breaking story before the Gators' season opener against FAU suggests that may have been premature.
Gator officials announced just before kickoff that Floyd has been declared ineligible and suspended indefinitely. Floyd will not see the field "until his eligibility is restored by the NCAA," according to an athletic department statement.
If there's any good news for the Gators here, it's that it doesn't seem to be the kind of issue that would be the tip of a larger iceberg. "This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida," the statement read.
The Gators still have several outstanding lineman to take Floyd's place, with senior Jaye Howard and fellow five-star sophomore Dominique Easley prominent candidates. But if Floyd is out any length of time, the Gator defensive line can't help but take a bit of a step back.
Still, it shouldn't matter against FAU; the Gators are up 3-0 late in the first quarter.