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Florida Football Announces 4 Suspensions Minutes Before Kickoff vs. Miami

Florida football head coach Dan Mullen reacts during the Peach Bowl.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators reacts in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Late suspension announcements before a team's first game are one of many treasured college football traditions. Florida really kicked things up to a new level tonight.

As the team was gathering in the tunnel to run out onto the field for its Week Zero game vs. Miami, four Gator suspensions were announced.

Safety Brad Stewart, defensive lineman TJ Slaton, wide receiver Rick Wells, and walk-on defensive back Pat Moorer are all out for the game. Florida says the suspension is a result of the players "failing to live up to the Gator standard," per the Tampa Bay Times.

Stewart and Slaton are the biggest losses for Florida. Stewart was listed as a co-starter in the defensive backfield on the game week depth chart for Florida. Last season, he recorded 41 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble, making seven starts during the year. Slaton is a key reserve up front for the Gators defense. He started two games last year, recording 21 tackles and recovering a fumble. Florida is not along in announcing late suspensions, though the timing of the announcement was almost comical. Just over an hour before kickoff, Miami announced that it is without DJ Ivey, one of the team's top-three cornerbacks, and a potential starter.

Both teams are going to be very thin in the defensive backfield tonight. If quarterbacks Jarren Williams and Feleipe Franks are sharp, we may see more points than many expected heading in to the game.