Florida defensive tackle Leon Orr was sent home on a Greyhound bus after expressing displeasure over not being in the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game.
UF announced the suspension on its sports website before Saturday night’s game against Vanderbilt.
“He was more concerned with starting than being part of the team,’’ coach Will Muschamp told Gatorzone.com.
Orr, a redshirt senior with 16 tackles this year, has not started since the Alabama loss on Sep. 20. He missed two games (at Tennessee, LSU) with a knee injury after starting two of Florida’s first three games in 2014.
According to Muschamp, Orr was to be “heavily involved” in the defensive line rotation but was sent back to Gainesville following the disagreement. Muschamp addressed Orr’s status following the game.
Hybrid defensive lineman Jon Bullard made his fifth start in a row at tackle. The junior has recorded 25 tackles, second among all Gators defensive linemen.
Florida was down a pair of starters against Vandy, with sophomore safety Keanu Neal sidelined with a high-ankle sprain.
The Gators were coy all week on who would start opposite senior safety Jabari Gorman, but redshirt sophomore Marcus Maye entered the starting lineup.
Maye has struggled with consistency in 2014, but the veteran defensive back had a critical pass breakup in the win over Georgia last weekend.
Meanwhile, senior right guard Trenton Brown,who sustained a knee bruise against the Bulldogs, did not play and was replaced by junior guard Tyler Moore.
This and That
Gators tailback Matt Jones fumbled on UF’s first offensive play, but the football rolled harmlessly out of bounds and the Gators avoided the turnover. … Former starting quarterback Jeff Driskel rushed for six yards on a first quarter Wildcat play — the junior’s first action since his benching following the Missouri blowout. Later, Driskel rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. … TaxSlayer Gator Bowl representatives were in attendance. … The Commodores lead the nation with 26 first-time starters. … Early in the second quarter, Vandy tailback Ralph Webb, a Gainesville native, broke Kwane Doster’s freshman single-season rushing record (798 yards) set in 2002. The former GHS star had a promising start against his childhood team before fumbling twice late in the first half. … UF wideout Quinton Dunbar, a former Miami Booker T. Washington standout, recorded a reception for the first time since Oct.4 versus Tennessee.