GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain had no interest Tuesday in discussing the recent eventful Twitter happenings of suspended star junior cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor.
After Tabor and redshirt sophomore tight end C’yontai Lewis were suspended from team activities and for the season opener after getting into a physical altercation early last week, the matter flared up again as the teammates took turns tweeting about the situation Sunday.
The tweets were later deleted and Tabor’s Twitter account has since been deactivated. (Lewis’ account is still active).
That was not a matter McElwain claimed to have any knowledge of — or at least any interest in addressing.
“I don’t have any thoughts. I mean … I’m confused. I really don’t know what you’re even asking,” he said in response to a roundabout question posed about Tabor’s Twitter situation.
Late last week, McElwain said he expected to have both Tabor and Lewis back with the team this Thursday.
Sophomore running back Jordan Cronkrite “got a little banged up” in the Gators’ scrimmage Friday, McElwain said, and will probably be held out until Thursday.
Cronkrite is one of the leading candidates for carries in Florida’s projected backfield by committee.
Junior wide receiver C.J. Worton remains out with an unspecified leg injury
“(He) should be back hopefully at the end of this week, but we’ll see on that,” McElwain said.
Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Mike, a reserve for the Gators, also remains out indefinitely.
McElwain also addressed the situation of redshirt freshman wide receiver Kalif Jackson, who has not been with the team this month and was expected to rejoin the Gators at the start of the semester.
“He’s here. He’s still rehabbing and doing that stuff,” he said. “He’s there every day in the training room and they’re working him through the workouts there that he can do to maintain his stamina and the different things he needs to do on that leg.”
Harrison leaves Gators
Redshirt junior Case Harrison, a running back turned wide receiver, has left the program, according to the Gainesville Sun.
Harrison was a former walk-on from Gainesville High School who was later awarded a scholarship, but according to the report, the scholarship wasn’t renewed for this year and he plans to transfer in the spring.
#Gators WR Case Harrison has left the team after his scholarship wasn't renewed. Plans to graduate in Fall, transfer elsewhere in Spring.
— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) August 23, 2016
Offensive line evaluation
McElwain was asked for a progress report on the offensive line, and he said he won’t truly know until the season starts and the unit can be evaluated in live game action.
But he remains encouraged by the depth there. He has continually praised true freshman tackle Jawaan Taylor throughout camp and also mentioned redshirt freshman guard/tackle Brandon Sandifer, redshirt sophomore tackle Kavaris Harkless and redshirt freshman center T.J. McCoy as players who have performed well in camp.
“I don’t know if you can really quantify exactly where it’s at until we get out there and see,” McElwain said. “Obviously the numbers in where we were sack-wise is something that’s just unacceptable. And yet, it takes other pieces in there as well. I don’t see that as being as big an issue for us. It hasn’t been in camp. I think we are markedly better at all the spots. And that has as much to do with guys that gained experience, gained a year of strength, knowledge as to what we’re trying to accomplish.
“Footwork-wise, at times we’re going sideways. We need to make sure that we’re trying to control the line of scrimmage, not let the line of scrimmage control us. But those are things we’re working on. I actually like our depth there too. I think we’ve got some answers even with (injured redshirt-junior Antonio) Riles being down.”
Ongoing position battles
As Florida continues its final week of practice before the first game week, McElwain specified two position battles he’s monitoring closely.
He wants to see the wideout rotation narrowed down and he wants to have a better sense for the rotation at defensive line.
Ryan Young is a Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.