The sophomore wanted to return to the team on Monday, trying to regain a sense of normalcy after dealing with last week’s family tragedy. Many Florida coaches and players remained in contact with Harris last week to encourage him.
“He knows that we're here and supporting in every we can,” Jim McElwain said. “That's one of the pieces in coaching is understanding that there's a lot out there in life and how fragile how life. That's part of it, and he knows that we're here to support him as do all of our players. You go through things every day that just aren't easy."
The quarterback’s family wanted Harris back in Gainesville to be around the team and get back into his routine, trying to get his mind off what happened. McElwain’s message to Harris was for him to remember the positive times he had with his relative that passed.
“You try to make him feel more relief than just the anger,” Shannon said. “You get him to understand that certain things in life are tough, but you’ve got to always keep moving forward because you have goals in life. He has goals in life that he’s shared with me and things that he shared with the coaching staff, Coach Nuss and things like that. We’re there for him.
“We’re his family, extended family up in Gainesville and he’s got his family back down in Miami. We’re happy that he’s back but like any process we’re going to get him through this process being away from home.”
INJURY REPORT: Running back Adam Lane and receiver Brandon Powell both remain on the injured list. Lane has a leg injury, which is as specific as McElwain would get about it. The Florida coach said when Lane would return to practice is “up to him” and that “he’s falling behind right now.”
Powell will be held out from any live drills through the remainder of the spring. After having a screw put in his foot last year, it is still giving the sophomore issues and the staff wants to play it safe.
"We'll get (a special shoe) fitted from Nike, actually, and make sure that we get the right orthotics,” McElwain said. “They'll do a really good job getting him fitted in the right shoe, kind of a preventative measure more than anything."
GUY CATCHES MCELWAIN’S EYE: The Florida coach brought up Jacob Guy early in his press conference Monday, citing his solid performance in Saturday’s scrimmage. With Harris out for three practices last week, Guy was able to earn some of those reps and prove that he deserves more going forward.
“He does a nice job,” McElwain said. “He’s a big, strong guy that throws the ball well. I think (he) did a pretty good job on scouts last year, at least the bit I watched. He’s a guy that’s getting a little bit better. He’s never had this many reps. That’s just kind of how it works. You’re never just standing. He’s taking advantage of the opportunity.
“He’s got good size, good velocity. He got away with a couple throws (on Saturday), misread on a rotation. It worked out, sometimes it does work out. He’ll learn from that and that’ll be interesting to see how he did in today’s practice.”