McElwain Opens Up Spring Schedule With Press Conference; Will Be Without Two Playmakers All Spring

Spring football is finally upon us! It’s been a long time coming since the tough loss against the Michigan Wolverines back in January. Head coach Jim McElwain is looking forward to putting that loss behind his team.

McElwain shared big news concerning two offensive players, Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris. He said that both players have not been with the team since January and will not be participating in spring practice. Specifically, McElwain said they’re “still doing some schoolwork”. Callaway was the Gators biggest threat on offense during the 2015 campaign, finishing with over 600 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns and two returns that went for six. Harris was beat out in a quarterback battle with Will Grier, but once Grier was suspended Harris stepped in and was underwhelming. Reports have been swirling for several months that he would be making the move to wide receiver and McElwain said during the presser that it was a “possibility”.

Both players are enrolled in school, and a team spokesperson said after the press conference that the players are suspended.

As far as the injury report, McElwain shared the statuses of multiple players. Wide receiver Brandon Powell, who is coming off foot surgery, is good to go this spring. Offensive lineman Martez Ivey will be out this spring. Several kickers will be inactive this spring. Linebacker Alex Anzalone, who suffered a bad shoulder injury last year, is cleared but will be participating in noncontact drills. Lastly, cornerback Quincy Wilson and defensive lineman Joey Ivie will be limited in practice with hernias.

The first official practice will be on Wednesday, March 9th. McElwain and several players will be available to speak after practice.

About Fernando Juncadella

Senior at the University of Florida. Working at ESPN Gainesville for four years, covering Florida football, softball, and baseball.

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