Gators will be without seven players as they set to start spring practice, while three players will be in non-contact

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Jim McElwain met with the media on Thursday to preview spring practice. In his presser the Florida head coach announced a few players that will not be available this spring due to injury.

Ten Gators will be sidelined this spring as Florida sets to begin spring practice. Jim McElwain announced on Thursday morning that seven players will not participate this spring, while three players are restricted to non-contact. 

The players that will not participate are: quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder), defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee), offensive lineman Antonio Riles (ACL), linebacker  David Reese (wrist), wide receiver Freddie Swain (shoulder), and defensive backs Jeawon Taylor (shoulder) and Quincy Lenton (foot) are all out for the spring. Meanwhile, wide receiver Dre Massey (ACL), linebacker James Houston IV (ACL) and cornerback C.J. McWilliams (ACL) will be restricted to individual drills. 

With Del Rio sidelined all eyes will be at the quarterback competition this spring, with several of the younger talent stepping up to center stage. 

“Quarterback competition, obviously, Luke will not be going. With Kyle and Feleipe and giving us a chance to get Kadarius Toney a lot of reps at the position and find out exactly what he can do and see where that fits as we experiment with some of the things moving forward we’re going to do this spring offensively," said McElwain.  "That should be fun. It should be good for a lot of guys that will help us also from a defensive standpoint as we have to defend certain things you’re going to see throughout the year. So, working against each other to help each other get better and finding out the competition piece at all those positions. Should be a lot of fun. I know there’s a lot of excitement with our players, obviously." 

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