Florida’s not the only SEC team with five players suspended for all or part of the opener.
Texas A&M announced prior to kickoff Saturday afternoon that cornerback De’Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins, wide receiver Ed Pope and defensive end Gavin Stansbury have been suspended for today’s game against Rice. Not only that, the suspensions will carry over to next week’s game against FCS-level Sam Houston State.
“Violating A&M athletics department rules and regulations” was the only reason given for the two-game suspensions.
Harris, Jenkins and Stansbury are all starters on the defensive side of the ball, while Pope is a backup receiver.
It had previously been announced that starting quarterback Johnny Manziel had been suspended for the first half of the Rice game. True freshman Kenny Hill is expected to get the start against the Owls.
Prior to that, A&M acknowledged that a pair of starters — cornerback Deshazor Everett and safety Floyd Raven – would be suspended for the entire opener and the first half of the opener, respectively.
UPDATED 1:04 p.m. ET: Matt Joeckel, not Kenny Hill, started at quarterback for A&M.