ORLANDO — Florida’s offseason of attrition continued into Saturday’s opener against Miami.
The No. 8 Gators suspended four players, including safety Brad Stewart and defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton, Saturday for failing to “live up to the Gator standard.”
Stewart started seven games for UF last year. He had 41 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception as a sophomore. Stewart was listed as a co-starter at safety on Monday’s depth chart.
His absence could be pivotal on a UF secondary that’s talented but thin. The Gators lost three defensive backs this offseason, including top recruit Chris Steele and breakout candidate John Huggins.
Slaton was listed as a second- or third-team nose tackle and started two games last season. He recorded 21 tackles (one for a loss) and recovered a fumble.
UF’s other two suspensions were receiver Rick Wells and Pat Moorer, a walk-on from Lutz.
Miami won’t be at full strength, either.
Cornerback DJ Ivey won’t play due to a violation of school rules. He played in 11 games last season as a true freshman. He was listed as a co-starter for the Hurricanes on their initial depth chart.