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Three Florida football players leave program, Gators OL Jessamen Dunker suspended


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Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp against the Louisville Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Louisville defeated Florida 33-23. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Florida coach Will Muschamp announced on Friday the indefinite suspension of offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker, who was arrested earlier in the week on charges of grand theft auto — this is no video game, and there is no reset button for Mr. Dunker. There is no timetable for his return as of yet, according to Michael DiRocco of GatorNation.

“I met face-to-face with him this morning for the first time for about 15 minutes,” Muschamp said Friday afternoon. “Once we get a little more information, we’ll move forward, but he’s suspended from the team at this time.

“We’ll address that further when I know more.”

The 6-foot-4, 301-pound Dunker will be a redshirt freshman come fall. His attorney, Huntley Johnson, claims that Dunker bought a scooter for $600 but did not know that what he had purchased had actually already been stolen.

Three other players are finished with Florida for various reasons. Redshirt junior Stephen Alli is a tall, Canadian-born wide receiver who played on special teams but never worked out as a wide receiver. He and defensive end Kedric Johnson will both be graduating and, despite the one year of eligibility remaining on their scholarships, both will be moving on from football.

Alli is most likely headed to medical school, and Muschamp said he can stick around as a graduate assistant coach as well. Johnson, who played in 25 games in 2010 and 2011, missed the entire 2012 season due to injury. The now former defensive end may still wind up playing, but it will be for another school as a graduate student.

Finally, sophomore Tommy Jordan will remain at the University of Florida on scholarship, but it will be as a medical one, as opposed to football. This approach to roster manipulation has been mastered by Alabama’s Nick Saban, under whom Muschamp worked for years as an assistant. Jordan had shoulder surgery in 2011 and had not seen the field in his two years, so his medical ride frees up another scholarship spot on the team for an incoming freshman or junior college transfer.

“We appreciate those guys’ contributions,” Muschamp said.

Source: ESPN

Video of Will Muschamp discussing the offseason moves made thus far

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