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Florida coach Jim McElwain and the Gators are facing a must-win scenario against Tennessee this weekend.

Florida Gators football shifting focus from Hurricane Irma to Tennessee Volunteers

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Focus shifts from Irma to Tennessee

While the aftermath of Hurricane Irma is still on the mind of the Florida football team, the Gators are now trying to shift their focus to a must-win game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Even at that, it’s impossible to just put the past week in the rearview mirror. Here’s what Florida coach Jim McElwain had to say about it:

“Obviously our opportunity to play the ballgame this weekend is something our guys are looking forward to, and yet, you know, it’s one of those things that sometimes you’ve got to sit back and put into perspective. I don’t think you can ever say that we’re going to get back to normal because through this storm that hit us here the last week, there is no normal. I know playing this game, our campus officials, our administration, city administrators, people in the government, felt like this can be a go and we’re going to make it happen.”

Suspension still linger

It has been more than a month since the first batch of what has now become nine players were suspended for a reported misuse of school funds/alleged credit card fraud. McElwain on Wednesday said there is still no update on when those players — including star wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett — will return to the team.

Zaxby’s Sound Off

In the latest Zaxby’s Sound Off, the discussion focused on Florida’s response following Hurricane Irma, the must-win nature of the SEC opener against Tennessee and what Feleipe Franks needs to prove on Saturday.

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