Florida Gators’ Demarcus Robinson expected to play

After being suspended for the Florida State game, the Gators will have one of their starting receivers back against Alabama.

When the Florida State game was over, Florida coach Jim McElwain said the seniors would vote about whether or not Demarcus Robinson would be allowed back on the team following his fourth suspension in three years. The seniors made their decision and allowed the junior receiver to return, and he practiced on Wednesday for the first time this week.

“The seniors got together and have given him an opportunity,” McElwain said. “He talked to the team. It was a choice, like I said, for him not to be with his family and us in the last ball game. Sometimes the greatest lessons in life are when things are taken away from you and you’re no longer enabled. As I’ve said before, he has come a long way. But he still has a long way to go to understand it’s not OK to make choices that hurt your team.”

Robinson leads the Gators with 47 receptions this season, nine more than any other player on the Florida roster. He’s second on the team with 505 receiving yards, 52 yards less than Antonio Callaway, with two touchdowns receptions on the year.

With Treon Harris at quarterback, Robinson has struggled to get the ball. He had two catches for 28 yards total in the two games against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic prior to his suspension.

The Alabama defense is stout and has dominated offenses much better than Florida’s, but if there is one way to beat the Crimson Tide, it comes through the air. Having a playmaker like Robinson back on the field could help the Gators hit big plays that have been desperately missing in recent weeks.


Offensive lineman David Sharpe (foot) got hurt this week and his status is unclear for Saturday. Receiver Brandon Powell (foot) also suffered an injury but should play.

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (knee) practiced on Wednesday but should play.

“I anticipate the way he is and what he’s battling that he’ll go and go well, go hard,” McElwain said.

Cornerback Quincy Wilson has been battling a leg injury and is questionable.

“He did not look good at all today, which would put extra reps obviously on the corners,” McElwain said.

Offensive guard Martez Ivey (shoulder) practiced this week and will play. Safety Marcus Maye (shoulder) was hurt but will play. Jordan Sherit (hamstring) will also play.

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