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Six Gators Suspended for Opener against Toledo

UPDATE:The University has denied that defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick was suspended, and he is expected to be on the sidelines for Saturday's game.

When most Gator fans woke up on Friday morning, they thought that starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison was the only one who would be missing Saturdays season opener against Toledo due to a suspension.

However, a Palm Beach Postreport on Friday found thatfive more players will be absent from No. 10 Floridas first 2013 game in the Swamp.

Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, backup receiver Latroy Pittman, defensive lineman Darious Cummings, defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams were all suspended for Saturdays game, according to thereport.

A source told The Post that the suspensions were due to disciplinary issues and that Purifoy and Pittman will sit because they failed drug tests.

Purifoy had a misdemeanor drug possession charge dropped earlier this year after a small amount of marijuana was discovered in a car that he was riding in the back seat of when it was pulled over for a right-of-way violation in February.

The Gators better hope that a trend isnt starting with Purifoy. Judgment, however, will have to be withheld until more information is released by the school.

As 23.5-point favorites against Toledo on Saturday, Florida should be alright without the suspended players, but the loss will definitely make things more interesting.

Granted, the coaching staff may have been game-planning all week knowing these suspensions would be handed down. Well just have to see how things play out on Saturday.

The game kicks off at 12:21 p.m. ET.


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