GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida wide receivers Antonio Callaway and Tyrie Cleveland can practice in fall camp, but their status for the season opener and beyond is still to be determined.
Callaway has been under university suspension since January, while Cleveland and fellow true freshman Rick Wells currently face two felony charges for a BB gun incident.
UF coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday there’s been no change with Callaway, who is awaiting a final resolution on the school’s investigation for a student code of conduct violation. Callaway, who set the school record for receiving yards by a true freshman, is now allowed to practice after missing all of spring football.
“He’ll be practicing,” McElwain said. “He’s back with the team from that standpoint. Nothing from a status standpoint has changed and there isn’t a time frame on that.”
McElwain said Cleveland and Wells have already been punished and will face further discipline. Both players can also practice, but it hasn’t been decided if they’ll miss any game time.
Cleveland, the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver in the last recruiting cycle, is expected to make an immediate impact this season.
“They have been handled with,” McElwain said of Cleveland and Wells. “They were dealt some pretty heavy consequences right as it happened. Those consequences are continued on and nothing has been finalized in anything on that.”
McElwain addresses Treon Harris transfer
Former Florida starting quarterback Treon Harris decided to transfer from the program last week.
McElwain, who confirmed that Harris had moved to wide receiver, discussed his departure Wednesday.
“He did a lot for this university,” McElwain said. “He stepped in and played two seasons under some not-great circumstances, and I think that’s something to be celebrated and says something about him.
“His choice to kind of move on and have the ability to maybe get a fresh start, is something that probably came into it. And yet, we wish him the best and support him in every way we can.”
Spurrier clarifies Luke Del Rio comments
Former Florida coach and quarterback Steve Spurrier, now an ambassador and consultant for the program, said last Thursday that Luke Del Rio was the Gators’ starting quarterback.
He clarified those comments this week on The Paul Finebaum Show.
“I think I mentioned Luke Del Rio seemed to be the starter, but he’s not,” Spurrier said. “There’s still competition going on, and I didn’t know that. I think he’s at the top of the quarterback chart right now, but they’re still competing from what I understand. That certainly is not my position (to say).”
McElwain laughed Wednesday when asked about Spurrier mistakenly naming the starer.
“I guess those three (spring) practices he watched, he picked it,” McElwain said.
UF healthy heading into camp
Three Florida players who missed spring because of injuries are in good shape with the season approaching.
Linebacker Alex Anzalone (shoulder), offensive guard Martez Ivey (shoulder) and wide receiver Brandon Powell (foot) will all practice in fall camp.
“Our guys who had the off-season surgeries seem to be doing really well right now,” McElwain said. “We’re going to limit obviously some of the things that we’ll do with Anzalone. Martez Ivey will be limited, but only more both because of precautionary reasons more than anything.”
McElwain added that wide receivers Case Harrison and Kalif Jackson are nursing injuries and will rejoin the team when the fall semester begins.
New Florida WR gets Gator tattoo
Wide receiver Dre Massey seems to happy with his decision to transfer to Florida.
The junior college product, who is in contention for a starting job, got a tattoo of the Gator head logo a couple weeks ago.
Massey ran with the first-team offense during spring football and caught a touchdown in the Orange & Blue Debut.
WR Dre Massey got a Gator head tattoo on his wrist two weeks ago. Why? "I'm proud to be here." pic.twitter.com/bWcpbQ4ql9
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) August 3, 2016
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.