Florida State Seminoles

What does suspension of FSU receiver Da’Vante Phillips mean?

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Florida State wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips has been suspended indefinitely by coach Jimbo Fisher after being charged Friday with several counts of felony fraud.

Acccording to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat, Phillips faces five felony charges that include cashing or depositing items with the intent to defraud, and grand theft.

He was a well sought after prospect coming out of high school. He was a four-star recruit from Miami Central that was ranked the No. 11 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports at the time of his signing. As an early enrollee, he missed both his freshman and sophomore springs after undergoing groin surgery.

In his two seasons with the Seminoles, Phillips has appeared in 19 games, but recording only five catches for 30 yards.

It was looking as if this season could be a break one for the former top recruit. Several top options from last season departed and the door was open for more playing time.

Now the Noles lose a member of what could be described as a thin group judging off of scholarship players.

Florida State is now looking at starting the 2017 season with only six scholarship players available at wide receiver. Only three of which Auden Tate, Nyqwan Murray, and Keith Gavin have seen significant snaps. Freshman D.J. Matthews and redshirt sophomore George Campbell will be two names to watch out for to help fill the void

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