A few days following the Florida Gators Peach Bowl win in Atlanta, Florida Gators redshirt junior running back Jordan Scarlett announced his intentions to leave the UF program early and declare for the NFL Draft. He announced his intentions though a social media post the Wednesday following the Gators big win over the Michigan Wolverines.
Scarlett played in 13 games for the Gators this season and had 131 carries, 776 yards, and five touchdowns on the year in his redshirt Junior season along with 10 receptions for 84 yards. Scarlett finished his Florida career with 1846 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
Last season Scarlett did not take the field of the Gators as he was suspended for the year. The year before in 2016, Scarlett took over the starting role late in the season and carried the load for the Gators’ offense… Played in all 13 contests and started eight times… Led the team with 179 carries, 889 rushing yards and six touchdowns… Scarlett’s 889 yards rushing was the most by a Florida freshman or sophomore running back since 1995… Recorded a team-best 5.0 yards per rush for players who had at least 10 attempts… Had three games of 100-plus yards on the season… Led the team in rushing yards nine times on the season, against UMass (70 yards), Tennessee (44), Vanderbilt (55), Georgia (93), South Carolina (134), LSU (108), Florida State (53), Alabama (17) and Iowa (94)… Had a career day against South Carolina, averaging 6.7 yards on 20 carries and totaling 134 yards… With his rushing touchdown against Georgia, Scarlett joined Kelvin Taylor (2015) as the only other UF running back since 2005 to score a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games… Pro Football Focus credited Scarlett with 48 missed tackles (most in the SEC/16th nationally) during the regular season (prior to the Outback Bowl)… For instance, 588 of his 795 rushing yards during the regular season were after contact, which accounted for 74 percent of his total rushing yards… That mark tied him with Georgia’s Nick Chubb for the highest percentage in that category… After finishing the season with 94 rushing yards against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, Scarlett eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for his career. In the 2015 season, Scarlett played in 10 games and recorded his first-career start against Vanderbilt… Finished third on the team with 181 yards on 34 carries (5.3 avg) and one touchdown… Posted career highs in rushing yards (96) and attempts (nine) versus Georgia…Broke off a career-best run of 60 yards against the Bulldogs… Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown against New Mexico State.
Scarlett signed with the Gators as a recruit in the 2015 recruiting class under then head coach Jim McElwain. He was the Nation’s No. 117 overall prospect in the 2015 recruiting class.