GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain met with reporters Monday to update injuries and look ahead to the Gators’ pivotal showdown with rival Georgia.
The session took a serious turn as he indicated that members of his program and their families have received death threats. He did not offer any specifics.
Here were his comments with the mention of the threats near the end:
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- “One of college football’s best rivalries and the opportunity to go play in the great city of Jacksonville in a stadium that’s split down the middle, I think it’s just a great environment.”
- “Obviously this is a team that’s playing at a high, high level. Kirby’s got them playing well. They’re a team that offensively has done a really good job possessing the football. their time of possession is really good, which keeps their defense off the field and allows those guys to play fresh. Those runners on real and (if) you load the box the quarterback can hurt you throwing the ball downfield.”
- “Defensively, they’ve done a really good job of swarming to the football. They play physical, they’ve got really good players, we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
- Injuries: “Really no updates.” … WR Josh Hammond is questionable with a back. … WR Kadarius Toney: “We’ll find out on Wednesday where he’s at.” … DE Jabari Zuniga: “We’ll find out here during this week how much he can go.” … WR Tyrie Cleveland “ran pretty decent yesterday, but we’ll limit where that goes from there.” … LB Jeremiah Moon will be back. …. S Quincy Lenton had his knee scoped and is out.
- On looking to bounce back from two losses: “We’ve just got to finish. We had two opportunities to finish and we didn’t, and that’s what these young guys have to figure out.”
- On recruiting momentum: “It’s been really positive. A lot of guys see the opportunity they’re going to have.”
- On early signing period: “Obviously we’d like to sign all 25 in December.”
- Will Malik Zaire get a second chance? “There will be, if he keeps continuing to work and getting a little bit better. … He’ll continue to work the way he’s been and get his opportunities when and if that comes up.”
- On QB Feleipe Franks: “I think the big thing is just don’t get locked in, don’t predetermine and really take your one cue and move from there and throw it to some of those guys who are open.”
- On what gives him confidence Franks can improve this season: “He continues to get a little bit better. He’s got, obviously, a lot of ability. He’s got to continue to roll forward.”
- On what improvement he’s seen from Franks; “I thought he’s handled some situations pretty decent and get it called and let’s go.”
- On Kirby Smart’s success at Georgia: “You feel good about, he’s got things going, which is the way Florida-Georgia, that’s what this should be about.”
- More on Smart: “He’s done a great job of recruiting. They’re keeping guys at home. And one thing you see is stay the course and consistent in what you do and how you do it.”
- On rumors that McElwain may consider Oregon State opening: “No, and it’s interesting. It’s that time of year and those are things that people throw out. At the same time, we’ve got a helluva group coming in. We’re playing a lot of young guys right now that are playing pretty darn hard that have a chance to be really good players. Our main focus is what we did in the bye week now moving forward to playing Georgia.”
- McElwain makes a mention to death threats from angry fans. Doesn’t expound, declines to clarify if he or his family specifically have received one.
- “Credit in this business is internal. It’s never external. I think it’s a pretty good kind of lesson for the way things are. There’s a lot of hate in this world and a lot of anger. And yet it’s freedom to show it,” he said. “The hard part is obviously when the threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that’s brought upon out there. And yet, I think it’s really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what’s going on out there nationally. There’s lot of angry people, and in this business we’re the ones that you take the shots at and that’s the way it is.”
- “Here’s the one thing, you’re in the business, that’s all part of it, you get it,” he said. “It’s when it’s directed toward your players, when it’s directed towards families, wives, that kind of the thing. And yet, at the same time, they know what they signed up for as well and that’s part of the business.”
- On whether he or his family specifically received death threats: “Let’s move (on).”
- On whether he’s turned any of these threats over to police: “No, it is what it is.”