GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After Jordan Cronkrite didn’t make the trip with the Gators to Jacksonville on Saturday for the Georgia game, Florida coach Jim McElwain said the sophomore running back was trying to figure out whether he wanted to play or not.
Cronkrite hasn’t spoken to reporters about the situation — and may not be made available anytime in the near future now — but he did return to practice this week.
McElwain addressed his return briefly after practice Wednesday.
“Well, he had been dinged up and things weren’t going his way. Like we said, we’re here for him. We’ll do anything for him,” he said.
Asked if he would travel to Arkansas with the team this week: “Yeah. He’s not injured, so …”
Cronkrite has rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown while catching 12 passes for 82 yards and another score in six games, receiving the smallest workload of what was a four-headed Gators running back committee. He is considered the team’s top pass-catcher out of the backfield, though.
It’s not clear if he’ll have a role in the gameplan Saturday.
A couple of Cronkrite’s Florida teammates commented on his return as well.
“We support him, he’s our brother. So we’re happy to have him back,” receiver Brandon Powell said.
Linebacker Alex Anzalone, meanwhile, was asked if Cronkrite addressed the team in any way after returning to practice.
“No, he didn’t. But he’s back. Happy about it,” Anzalone said.