Florida WR Tyrie Cleveland’s status still up in air for Georgia game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain on Monday said sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland is still limited ahead of the Gators’ neutral-site game against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday. Cleveland has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered late in Florida’s 38-24 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 30.
McElwain said Cleveland “ran pretty decent” on Sunday.
“We’ll limit where it goes from there,” McElwain said.
Cleveland’s return would be monumental for Florida’s passing game, which has been lackluster the last two weeks.
With Cleveland out against LSU and limited against Texas A&M, Florida put up just 243 passing yards, 1 touchdowns and 2 interceptions over the two losses. The touchdown was a 6-yard shovel pass. The longest completion in those two games was 20 yards on a third-down desperation flick to running back Malik Davis, and most of the yards came after the catch.
And despite not catching a pass in the past two games, Cleveland still leads the Gators with 326 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 catches. Brandon Powell is second on the team with 149 yards.
In other injury news:
- Josh Hammond is questionable after injuring his back while running during the bye week. “It was really bad last week,” Hammond said Monday. “I finally got standing up and walking again, so that’s a good sign. Gonna keep treating it and see how I play about this week.”
- Freshman Kadarius Toney (shoulder) tried to go on Sunday but “we’ll see from there.”
- Defensive end Jabari Zuniga (ankle) is probably about a week away but McElwain is not ruling him out.
- Jeremiah Moon (ankle) should be back for the game on Saturday.
McElwain said he will have a better update on their playing status on Wednesday.
“I know a lot of them are really trying and pushing to play in that game,” McElwain said.