Injury ends Conliffe’s playing career at UF

Florida defensive lineman Elijah Conliffe (93) runs a drill while the football team opens fall practice at the Sanders Practice Fields on campus on, July 26, 2019. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

 Florida’s defensive tackle depth has taken an offseason hit.

 Junior Elijah Conliffe, who missed last season with an unspecified foot injury that required surgery, has received a medical exemption from the NCAA and his playing career at UF is over.

 The former four-star recruit from Hampton, Va., will remain in school and on scholarship, but will not count against the Gators’ 85 limit.

 The Gators will now enter fall preseason camp next month with seven scholarship defensive tackles, three of them true freshmen — Gervon Dexter, a five-star recruit, Lamar Goods and Jalen Lee. UF signed four tackles in the 2020 recruiting class, but four-star prospect Johnnie Brown did not qualify academically and is going the junior college route.

 The other tackles are seniors Tyree Campbell, T.J. Slaton and Marlon Dunlap, and redshirt freshman Jaelin Humphries. 

 Conliffe started two games in 2018 and had 13 tackles on the season. As a true freshman in 2017, he played in eight games and recorded two tackles.