Sharrif Floyd ineligible for opener

Updated: September 3, 2011, 7:29 PM ET
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com

Florida Gators sophomore defensive end Sharrif Floyd was ruled ineligible for the Gators' season opener against Florida Atlantic, the school announced Saturday.

"We have declared Sharrif Floyd ineligible and he is not eligible to compete until his eligibility is reinstated the NCAA," the university's athletic department said in a statement. "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 announced in Florida's starting lineup Saturday, but didn't dress or warm up with his teammates before Saturday's game. As a freshman, Floyd played in all 13 games at defensive tackle for Florida, making two starts. He finished the season with 23 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. Floyd moved to defensive end during preseason camp.

Edward Aschoff covers the SEC for ESPN.com.