HOOVER, Ala. — Florida coach Jim McElwain and the Gators contingent were the second team to arrive Monday at SEC Media Days.
They met with the UF media before taking the podium in the main press room.
Here are news and notes from McElwain:
- McElwain acknowledges Florida has made upgrades at quarterback and the skill positions, but says his offensive line has to improve. “You’re only as good as you are up front.”
- McElwain says offensive lineman Martez Ivey will play guard “as of now.”
- McElwain on bringing David Sharpe to SEC Media Days: “Look, he’s kind of going to lead us the way we’re going to go up front. From the standpoint of the most important areas on the team, being strong up front is what is going to carry us. So he’s going to be a big part of that.”
- McElwain on Jalen Tabor holding his own media day: “I’m not one to censor somebody. He’s a guy that I’m sure glad is on our team.”
- Tabor wasn’t kept from attending SEC Media Days because of how outspoken he is. McElwain says he wanted to reward seniors Jarrad Davis and Marcus Maye for coming back, and Sharpe has the most starts of anybody returning on offense.
- McElwain says Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris are back on campus for team workouts, but their status for the fall is still to be determined. “Nothing’s been resolved left and there’s really not a time frame on it.”
- McElwain on Chauncey Gardner challenging for early playing time: “Chauncey’s had a good offseason. Obviously it really helped him going through the spring, both moving in and out of nickel and safety.”
- When asked about quarterback Luke Del Rio’s development, McElwain says he’s happy with his decision making and understanding of how to manage the offense.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.