GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain held his regular Wednesday post-practice media session, updating several key injuries and more.
Here were the highlights from his comments:
WATCH: Jim McElwain press conference
Posted by Florida Gators Insiders on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
- “We put together really back-to-back good practices. … Our bye week happened at a good time for us. Guys were hopping around, ready to go and know the importance and really the significance of this game.”
- Injuries: DE Jordan Sherit “should be back ready to roll” after getting limited reps. … On DE Bryan Cox Jr: “Give Bryan Cox this, they wrapped that thing up and he’s been in full pads doing everything he can to be out there.” … TE DeAndre Goolsby with the finger injury has been doing “more than I anticipated.” … LB Jarrad Davis “came back, took reps today, obviously guys that will be one of those that’s got to be right with him, got to be right with the doctors. We’ll see. Kind of game time (decision). I will say this, it was really uplifting to the team to have him out there today and seeing him go through some things in some of the segments of practice, especially in the third-down stuff we did in the red area and, you know, during all the non-contact skel drills and that kind of stuff. I thought he moved pretty well. One of the tackling circuits he got beat up by one of the sleds. The sled bit back, but it was good to see. ” … NT Joey Ivie looked good as well. No definitive status, though.
- On getting back in action after bye week: “It’s been a while. It seems like it. It’s kind of strange, and yet you don’t worry about it. It is what it is.”
- On Jarrad Davis pushing through his ankle injury: “This game, obviously the last opportunity to play in this game for those guys is something that’s real special. That guy is a big part of our team and he’ll do anything he can to help us. It’s great to see these guys’ want. Sometimes guys get nicked up and it’s like, ‘I want to save myself.’ I don’t see that in these guys. It’s great to see.”
- On trying to rattle Georgia freshman QB Jacob Eason: “Yet, he’s played enough now that I’m not sure he’s a freshman. By now he’s been in big stadiums, he’s played, he’s played on the road. This guy played at a high level in high school football, playoff games and all that stuff.”
- On going to get a look at the Jaguars’ stadium before the Florida-Georgia game last year: “There’s not a lot of NFL stadiums in the state of Montana.”
- On QB Luke Del Rio: “He looked more comfortable. He looked like he wasn’t trying to do too much, just play within it. Part of it is we have to make sure we’re not giving up too much penetration in his face as well. … He hasn’t looked as comfortable since the knee (injury) in the pocket, but we’ve got to continue to work on that because that’s going to be there.”
- On relying on so many underclassmen: “There’s been times this year where you kind of look out there and, yeah, you get a little frustrated and you realize, we’ve got a pretty good future with the guys who are out there playing.”