University of Florida

Three University of Florida players handed suspensions

Demarcus Robinson’s sophomore season will have to wait another week.

The promising receiver, teased as Florida’s most explosive playmaker, missed Saturday’s opener against Idaho due to a “university sanction that is now resolved,” according to the school.

Robinson was suspended for the final two games of 2013, totaling just six catches for 43 yards during a disappointing freshman campaign.

Defensive tackles Darious Cummings, a starter, and Jay-nard Bostwick, a rotational player, also missed the game “due to a violation of team rules.”

“I support the university sanction. We have rules here that we have to follow — team, athletic department and university — and when you don’t them there are consequences,” UF coach Will Muschamp said in a statement Saturday.

“I expect all three players to return next week.”

Earlier in the week, Muschamp said he didn’t anticipate any suspensions and that Robinson had fulfilled his punishments dating back to last season.

“Demarcus has handled all those situations,” Muschamp said Tuesday.

Healthier team

A year after entering the opener down a pair of starting offensive linemen and tailback Matt Jones, the Gators were nearly 100 percent healthy against the Vandals.

Sophomore nickel back Marcus Maye (hamstring strain) was the only starter scheduled to sit out due to injury.

Redshirt freshman Matt Rolin (knee) dressed out, but the linebacker was ruled out as he continues to progress slowly from a torn ACL sustained last fall.

Renewed hope

Muschamp said Florida’s locker room is united and ready to win back the hearts of fans clad in orange and blue after last season’s 4-8 record.

“Any time you go through a tough time in your life you reflect, you get humble, you work hard and you pull together and you understand the people around you are close to you,” Muschamp said.

“I’ve seen a very close-knit unit in that locker room. A lot of guys that know how to practice. They know how to practice the right way. They know how to compete and get after each other, but also take care of each other. It’s been really a lot of fun in training camp. I really enjoyed being around the guys, and you could see the camaraderie and the togetherness in this football team. I’m looking forward to see them go and compete in front of our fans.”

THIS & THAT

Former Gators linebacker Bam Hardmon (1999-02) is Idaho’s defensive line coach. Hardmon, in his second season with the Vandals, was a team-captain at Florida during his senior year, recording 169 tackles and earning all-conference honors. … Four seniors served as captains in the opener: safety Jabari Gorman, linebacker Michael Taylor, center Max Garcia and right tackle Chaz Green. … Five-star prospects CeCe Jefferson (Baker County) and Byron Cowart (Armwood) were in attendance on unofficial visits. … Former All-American and first-round draft pick Lito Sheppard (1999-01) served as Florida’s honorary “Mr. Two Bits,” but the star cornerback was unable to lead the pregame cheers due to the inclement weather.

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