Florida wide receiver James Robinson will be the eighth Gators player to miss the season opener against Michigan on Saturday, according to reports.
According to Chris Harry of floridagators.com, Florida coach Jim McElwain told the media Robinson will not play against Michigan after being charged with marijuana possession in their university apartment last week.
McElwain on status of WRJames Robinson – Will not play after off-field issue last week. ‘No. Of course not.’
— Chris Harry (@GatorsChris) August 28, 2017
The highly-touted Robinson, who came to Florida as a 4-star wide receive prospect according to 247Sports, ran into trouble with the law earlier this year while visiting a Big Ten powerhouse.
While he was taking an official visit to Ohio State, Robinson was cited for Marijuana possession. However, he was not arrested and was released later that day.
“When I got in trouble, people were like, ‘I told you so,'” Robinson told SEC Country earlier this year. “I’ll always regret that.”
This comes two weeks after Florida suspended seven players for off-field incidents over the summer. The suspensions have now left the Gators stretched pretty thin when it comes to Saturday’s game against the Wolverines.
Among those seven suspended players was star Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who is expected to be a big part of the Gators’ offensive plans in 2017. With McElwain now suspending Robinson, Flordia’s offensive plan might revolve around the run game against Michigan.