Spring football has finally arrived in Gainesville and it's not without some big news. Florida head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Tuesday and made some big announcements ahead of Wednesday's first practice.
Two Key Players Out
"We're without a couple guys who haven't been with our team since January in Treon and Antonio," McElwain said in his press conference. "They're still doing some school work and that kind of stuff. But they haven't been with us since January, and they won't be with us as we're rolling, so you won't see those guys out there at practice."
Although asked, McElwain did not go into much detail about the reasons behind the suspension or whether or not both players will see the field at all this spring. However, according to McElwain, the door has not been closed on the matter and both players could very well practice at some point this spring.
- Callaway and Harris are not the only guys out for Florida.
- Brandon Powell is out (foot)
- Martez Ivey is out (shoulder)
- Both Quincy Wilson and Joey Ivie will be limited this spring.
- Good news: Alex Anzalone has been cleared to participate. "Anzalone, the duct tape held and was really strong actually," McElwain said. "So he got cleared. He'll still be non-contact, but we got great news on the power of duct tape."
Ahead of the Pack?
It's no secret that there will be a quarterback battle this spring and fall in Gainesville. On Tuesday, McElwain admitted that Luke Del Rio has a bit of an advantage, "he 's been here obviously and learning," said the Florida head coach. "He and Austin have done an outstanding job together with the two young guys Feleipe [Franks] and Kyle [Trask]."
Rio was an Oregon State transfer that had to sit out last seasons.
“Yeah. He’s been here obviously and been learning," McElwain said. "He and Austin [Appleby] have done an outstanding job together with those two young guys, Feleipe and Kyle."
Change of Position
Redshirt freshman Kylan Johnson is changing positions. Johnson was recruited as a safety, however, after working out with the linebackers at the end of 2015, he is going to continue to practice at that position in the spring.
"He'll be down with the linebackers," said McElwain. "He's gonna roll into that, and then I think you guys will see that when he's out there doing drills that he's grown up a little bit."
New Faces; New Energy
Despite some injuries, McElwain is not only excited to have more numbers this spring than last year's practice, he is also eager to see the early enrollees get to work.
"You can feel their energy and excitement which is contagious with the rest of the guys," said McElwain.
Odds and Ends
- -High School coaches will attend Friday's practice.
- -On Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh wanting to practice in Florida, "more power to him."
"It's totally legal. He's not doing anything that's illegal," said McElwain. " I mean I'd come to Florida, too. There's great players here, right? There's a reason every school in the country comes here and recruits. So I think for them it's trying to gain an edge and give them an opportunity to practice in great weather. I don't plan on taking ours to Michigan. I'm all for what he's doing."