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NCAA rules impact WR Van Jefferson eligible to play for Gators in 2018

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Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Some good news, for a change, in the short term for the Gators, as the NCAA Thursday has approved the transfer of Ole Miss wide receiver Van Jefferson to Gainesville. And, Jefferson will be allowed to play immediately this season.

The Gators website had the official details on Thursday morning:

As their story indicates, Jefferson is still awaiting clearance from the SEC, as he is a transfer from one conference school to another and there is usually a one year wait. However, as we have written the Gators for the second year in a row successfully lobbied with other schools to get a rule changed that benefited Florida and will let a player play that same season.

Jefferson wasn’t spectacular last year in Oxford, with just 42 catches for 456 yards and one score. However, he’s expected to immediately help infuse the Gators receiving corp with some life, if he can get on the field.

Also eligible to take the field in 2018 is former Ohio State WR Trevon Grimes. Grimes is immediately eligible due to family circumstances that have brought him back to Florida.

Gators coach Dan Mullen, who is entering his first season at Florida, was obviously excited and released this statement:

“I’m excited for Trevon and Van. We appreciate the NCAA’s understanding in both situations, and are thankful to the UAA’s administration and compliance staff for their role in helping guide Trevon, Van, their families and our coaching staff through this.”

It is expected that both Jefferson and Grimes will have the opportunity to play significantly, as one of the top two receivers on the squad. This would be alongside WR Tyrie Cleveland, who is arguably Florida’s top returning skill player.

Cleveland, however, is embroiled at the moment in a student code of conduct investigation for his part in a May argument/altercation with several of his teammates. Although there were no charges brought, it still could result in suspension. And, there is a small chance at possible expulsion for any of the seven players involved.

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