UF coach Jim McElwain said that, at this time, no players have been suspended from the opener against Michigan. That would include star junior wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession earlier this summer. He pled no contest and had to pay court costs.
“The other question I keep getting asked all the time is is there anybody that will miss the first game,” McElwain said. “As of right now, everybody is doing a great job. I don’t anticipate it. But there’s still some requirements on everybody to see where we’ll be at going into the Michigan game, and obviously that will be answered when we go into game week.”
Robinson still in limbo
True freshman wide receiver James Robinson, a four-star prospect from Lakeland, will not be with the Gators when they open camp Thursday. He still has not been cleared academically by the NCAA. There’s still a chance he could enroll for the fall semester.
“We’re still waiting on some things to clear up on James Robinson,” McElwain said. “I’ll let you know as soon as that happens, and we’ll move forward from there.”
McElwain announced that several injured players are not ready for the start of camp.
Wide receiver Rick Wells (leg), cornerback McArthur Burnett (undisclosed) and freshman linebacker Nick Smith, who recently underwent a procedure on his knee, will continue to undergo treatment before being cleared to practice.
McElwain said defensive end Jordan Sherit (knee) and offensive linemen Antonio Riles (knee) and Kavaris Harkless (undisclosed) will practice on a limited basis.
“Jordan Sherit, we will kind of work him similar to what we did with Antonio Morrison a couple years ago, in which we kind of filter him in and out,” McElwain said. “Antonio Riles and Kavaris Harkless, what we’ll kind of do is break those reps between the two of them. So as they kind of get going, they’re easing back in, but they’ll obviously be out there at practice.”
No position changes
McElwain said that other than junior wide receiver Dre Massey and true freshman quarterback Kadarius Toney, there are no plans to experiment with players at different positions in camp. Toney likely will line up at three — quarterback, slot receiver and wide receiver — while Massey is expected to see some time as a Wildcat quarterback.
“(Toney) is going to be a little bit everywhere. Same thing with Dre Massey, as far as actual positions,” McElwain said. “But as far as like offense and defense or anything like that, there’s nothing that’s changed.”
Toney, an early enrollee, flashed playmaking ability as a runner and passer last spring and turned in an electric performance in the second half of the spring game.
“He’s an interesting guy because he can do a lot of things,” offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said. “When the ball is in his hands, he’s electric. I don’t know if there’s any real comparison, maybe a little bit similar to a Blake Sims that we had at Alabama and the things that he can do, but Kadarius is a special kid. Great, great competitor. He’s still learning everything.
“I think with any young player, especially playing the quarterback position, you have to be careful not to put too much on him at one point in time, but as you saw in the spring, you caught a little glimpse of the things he can do with the ball in his hands. He’s special.”