The loss of Andrew Ivie and Thomas Holley could be a big one for the Gators, especially down the road. Holley, who was already moved from defensive tackle to defensive end after losing a great deal of weight to help fight pain in his hip, was recruited to play inside at Florida. Ivie redshirted last year and didn’t see any playing time. He is the lone defensive tackle recruited in the last two recruiting classes at Florida. The Gators have enough depth in 2017, but beyond is a bigger issue.
The University of Florida will continue to pay for their scholarships even though they won’t remain in school.
“We had a couple guys in Thomas Holley and Andrew Ivie who received medical exemptions by the SEC,” McElwain told the media Wednesday. “So, they will continue their education, get their degrees, except they have had obvious injuries that would not allow them to go on anymore.”
McElwain said that even though Antonio Callaway, a preseason All-SEC candidate in some circles, will practice and is expected to play to start the season, his actual status is still unknown.
“There hasn't been any change in the status,” the boss Gator said. “He'll be practicing. Like I said, he's back with the team from that standpoint. Nothing from a status standpoint has changed and there isn't a time frame on that.”
With that little bit of limbo, there could be some cause for concern on offense, given all of the turnover from last year, including a new starting quarterback.
“How do we overcome where we're at,” McElwain said about the offensive questions. “I think the play of the quarterbacks is something I'm really excited to see. But more than that, I'm looking -- a healthy Brandon Powell at receiver, that's something, those first four games, he lit it up pretty good now and got a little nicked up. He's a guy that's got to carry the load for us until some of those young guys come from the passing game standpoint.”
As for Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells, he wouldn’t say what the punishment was, but assured that the two have been dealt with for their actions in a BB gun incident a couple of weeks ago. He did say the two are expected out at practice on Thursday.
“They have been handled with,” McElwain said. “As you know, there’s freedom of choice and there's not freedom of consequence. They were dealt some pretty heavy consequences right as it happened. Those consequences are continued on and nothing has been finalized in anything on that.
“But yeah, they were dealt with very quickly.”
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