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Florida State wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips charged with felony fraud

With the junior’s status with the team in doubt, the Seminoles may only have six scholarship receivers for the upcoming season.

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Florida State wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, Tomahawk Nation has learned. This was first reported by Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Phillips has battled injuries throughout his career, limiting his chances to see the field. He was a heralded prospect coming out of high school, a four-star recruit from Miami Central that was ranked the No. 11 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports. 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, recording five catches for 30 yards while mostly contributing on special teams.

After missing the Orange Bowl with an ankle injury, Phillips was expected to begin living up to a reported reputation as the owner of the strongest hands on the team.

As it turns out, this was not Phillips’ first run-in with the law. He was arrested back in February by the FSU Police Department for a minor traffic violation and released on bond.

Now, with his arrest, Florida State is potentially 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 playing time.

Phillips has been indefinitely suspended by FSU football. Wondering what this may mean for the Seminoles, moving forward? We went in depth on the implications, right here.