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UF receiver Demarcus Robinson to sit rest of season due to suspension

 

Miami Herald Writer

Freshman wideout Demarcus Robinson missed Florida’s 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern because of his second suspension this season.

Robinson violated unspecified team rules and will also miss next weekend’s instate showdown with Florida State.

Robinson, a touted 2013 prospect and the nation’s No.5 receiver according to Rivals.com, previously sat out Florida’s win over Tennessee on Sep.21.

"He’s suspended the rest of the season," coach Will Muschamp said. According to Muschamp, Robinson needs to "act right" moving forward.

It was a disappointing campaign for the 6-2, 215-pound freshman, who finished the year with just five catches for 23 yards after entering the season with lofty expectations.

Robinson enrolled at Florida in January and starred in spring practice before being slowed by an ankle injury.

Robinson is one of seven Florida players to be suspended for at least one game in 2013.

Kicking carousel

Florida juggled kickers again this weekend, but the results were hardly perfect. Walk-on kicker Frankie Velez was 2 of 3 on field-goal attempts, leaving the Gators a league-worst 12 for 21 this season.

Velez connected two chip-shot kicks (from 27 and 22 yards), but his 33-yard attempt was blocked.

Freshman punter Johnny Townsend had a 26-yard punt to set up Georgia Southern’s first touchdown run right before halftime.

Injuries

Florida lost three linebackers Saturday, including starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor — the team-leading tackler.

The redshirt junior linebacker exited the loss midway through the second quarter with an MCL injury. Taylor watched the second half in street clothes with his leg heavily wrapped and Muschamp said he “would probably be out for next week.”

The Gators also lost senior linebacker Darrin Kitchens (shoulder stinger), and freshman Alex Anzalone, Taylor’s replacement at middle linebacker, dislocated a shoulder late in the third quarter.

Florida, already shorthanded, entered Saturday’s game without 15 scholarship players because of injuries or suspension.

Sophomore defensive end Jon Bullard (knee), sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries and junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) also missed the game.

"We have a lot of depth around here so I don’t think the injuries should have affected us like they have this year," senior safety Cody Riggs said. "We just didn’t make the plays we were supposed to."

This and that

Former Gators wide receiver Wes Chandler, a 10-year NFL veteran and two-time All-American at UF in 1976 and 1977, was this week’s honorary “Mr. Two Bits.”

Chandler finished his Florida career with a then-school record 28 touchdowns and is the highest-drafted receiver (No. 3 overall by the New Orleans Saints) in UF history. … Redshirt junior wide receiver Quinton Dunbar tallied a catch for the 27th game in a row, setting a school record. … The Gators, who lead the Southeastern Conferenece in penalties, were flagged just two times for 20 yards — a record low in the Muschamp era. … Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. finished the afternoon with eight tackles, two for a loss. … The Gators recovered two fumbles — one on their own 2-yard line — to win the game’s turnover battle 2-0.

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