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Sharrif Floyd Ruled Ineligible For Florida Gators Football

The Florida Gators will be without defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd for a bit, as he has been declared ineligible. He did not play in Florida's season opener.

Sharrif Floyd was listed in the Florida Gators' starting lineup for their season opener against the Florida Atlantic Owls, but didn't play or dress. The reason, the team revealed, is that Floyd was declared ineligible by the team before the game and that he will not return until he is cleared by the NCAA.

The University's athletic department issued a statement on the matter, going a little out of their way to clear themselves of any wrongdoing, regarding Floyd's eligibility.

 "We have been and will continue to work with the NCAA until this matter is resolved. This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida. We will not have any additional comment on this matter until it is resolved."

Floyd was one of the most highly touted prospects in the country coming out of high school and recorded 23 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman. Floyd can play either defensive tackle or defensive end and was expected to be a major contributor to Florida's defense this season.

For more on Floyd and the Gators, head over to SB Nation's Florida Gators blog Alligator Army.