GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida has two more options at wide receiver this week.
UF coach Jim McElwain said true freshmen Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells will be available against Kentucky after serving suspensions for the season opener. They were arrested in the summer for a BB gun incident.
Cleveland and Wells both missed practice in fall camp with hamstring injuries, and McElwain said they’ll have to catch up. Cleveland was ranked the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver in the Class of 2016.
With Dre Massey suffering a season-ending knee injury, Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio is looking forward to having Cleveland and Wells in the lineup.
“Tyrie and Rick are extremely athletic and fast,” Del Rio said. “Big guys for freshmen. If you just saw them in the locker room, you probably wouldn’t think that they’re true freshmen because they’re pretty developed physically.
“The biggest thing with them is just getting comfortable. They both had hamstrings, so just getting them reintegrated back into the offense. It’s really good to have them back, especially with Dre being down.”
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.