Report: Florida freshmen receivers land attorney, request speedy trial
Despite currently facing felony charges stemming from shooting a BB gun in a campus dorm, Florida freshmen receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells are hoping to quickly move on from their recent incident.
According to Thomas Goldkamp of GaitorBait.net, the two players have hired veteran lawyer Huntley Johnson to represent them. Johnson has reportedly filed for a speedy trial in an effort to resolve the case against the players as soon as possible.
Johnson has represented Florida players in the past and is known for getting sentences lessened or thrown out all together, something both players would obviously need if they hope to play for the Gators this season after being charged with felonies.
While Wells may not factor into the game plan this season, Cleveland was an elite high school recruit and a 2016 Under Armour All-American. Losing him for any length of time could delay the progress of the offense under first-time starting sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain has yet to publicly announced punishment for either freshmen receiver but did release the following statement shortly following their arrests:
“This is not behavior that we expect and as I often talk about there will be consequences for their actions.”