McElwain believes this is as good a time as any for the bye week to come. He will use the off week to really work some younger guys in the positions where the starters are hurt.
“I don’t know when a great time for a bye week is,” he said. “I don’t know that you can put a time on that, and yet, it’s allowing us to get some guys healed up a little bit that have been playing with some nagging kind of things. Obviously, for the young guys that are playing, a lot more snaps. This is a great week for that. To see them go through drills yesterday, that was really good, especially in the competition piece.”
The big injury from the game against Missouri this last weekend came in the form of senior starting linebacker Jarrad Davis. Right now there is no timetable for his return.
“Jarrad Davis obviously hurt that ankle real good,” McElwain said. “But, if there is a guy I would bet, or know that he’s going to do everything he can to get back. Obviously, he’s not practicing this week, but he’s been doing a great job rehab wise. We’ll see where that is (next week).
On the defensive line, the Gators were missing starters Jordan Sherit, Joey Ivie, and Bryan Cox against Missouri. All three are still questionable for the game against Georgia. The fourth starter, Caleb Brantley continues to play through an injured finger.
“Joey Ivie is still in a cast,” said McElwian. “We’ll see where that is when they go back in at the end of the week and take a look at how it’s healed. There again, another thing we won’t (rush him back)… doctors and personal choice as far as how they feel. That'd be the same thing with Bryan Cox and his hand. I don't know whether he'll go again this year. It's totally up to see where the medical evidence and obviously where they are mentally as far as moving forward. We'd sure like to have him back but you never know. Jordan Sherit actually came out yesterday in some shorts and stuff and bounced around a little bit. There again, time will tell. I think he's still a full week away though. Caleb, he played a little bit.”
Sophomore running back Jordan Cronkrite played until halftime against Missouri but came up limping in the second half. Junior tight end DeAndre Goolsby jammed a finger extremely hard in the game but got back on the field.
“Jordan Cronkrite with his leg that hindered him last game, that occurred early in the game, he is not practicing,” McElwain said. “Goolsby, he's not practicing. You probably saw him come off the field with his hand. I don't think it's long-term. And yet, there's another case where it's got to be right through the doctors and obviously him mentally. So we're moving forward there.
Senior linebacker Daniel McMillian is back close to full health.
"D-Mac's back,” McElwain said. “And he'll be back in full fold, especially in the special teams for us."
“That's kind of where we're at on that… some little things here and there.”
Sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio returned for the Missouri game after missing two games with a knee injury and had an up and down contest. He made some really nice throws, and then made a few that he would like to have back. McElwain said his signal caller is going to be fine.
"It was sore, as to be expected,” he said of the knee. “But I'd say the biggest thing that was hurt is just competitive nature and how he played the game. He didn't do (badly), but he didn't do as well as he wanted to either. And that's a good thing. He had a really good day yesterday and you could see him working on those things, not trying to do too much but doing what's asked of him. So I thought that was good."