April 22, 2018

CFB - Latest Gators Player Notes
04/20/2018 - Cece Jefferson  
DE Cece Jefferson had shoulder surgery earlier this week and will be sidelined for about four months, the Gainesville Sun reported. Jefferson, who is a key member of the Gators' defense, sustained the injury during Saturday's spring game. The school has not yet announced that Jefferson had surgery. Jefferson, who also plays outside linebacker in the Gators' 3-4 alignment, led the team in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (4.5) and quarterback hurries (six) last season, when he played in 11 games (eight starts). He considered entering 2018 NFL Draft, but opted to return to Florida for his senior year.

02/27/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: WR Antonio Callaway, Florida, 5-10, 193, 4.46...Currently ranked 37th among WRs, 315th overall and a 7th-round value...There are three receivers currently among the projected first-round picks on NFLDraftScout.com's mock drafts, but Callaway might just prove a better athlete than any of them. Characterized as a taller Percy Harvin by some who evaluated both players at Florida, Callaway possesses exceptional quickness and speed, both of which should translate very well to the timed drills in Indianapolis. Even more important than the athletic testing, however, will be the personal interviews with teams as Callaway ran into multiple legal problems with the Gators, the last of which got him suspended for the entire 2017 season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - *Taven Bryan  
2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida...Bryan was considered one of the most athletic players on the Florida roster, not just the defensive line. His game is very streaky; positive numbers in the agility and movement drills will help dissipate some of the doubt. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
2018 NFL Combine: Players Who Need to Interview Well: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida...Callaway is extremely talented but unreliable on and off the field. He was involved in multiple drug issues over his time in Gainesville and was suspended for the 2017 season for his involvement in a felony fraud case. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2018 - Marcell Harris  
2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Marcell Harris, S, Florida...Harris was expected to have a Marcus Maye senior season, but he suffered a torn Achilles tendon over the summer and missed the season. Instead of petitioning for a medical redshirt and sixth year of eligibility, he elected to go pro. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/26/2018 - *Antonio Callaway  
WR Antonio Callaway, characterized as a taller Percy Harvin by some who evaluated both players at Florida, possesses exceptional quickness and speed, both of which should translate very well to the timed drills in Indianapolis. Even more important than the athletic testing, however, will be the personal interviews with teams as Callaway ran into multiple legal problems with the Gators, the last of which got him suspended for the entire 2017 season.

01/23/2018 - Jordan Scarlett  
Running back Jordan Scarlett and three other Florida players suspended last season amid felony fraud charges have rejoined team activities. School officials confirmed the return of the players Tuesday to The Associated Press. "All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program," Florida coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. Receiver Rick Wells and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller also are enrolled in school and expected to take part in team workouts Wednesday. A fifth player, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, is enrolled but is recovering from injuries sustained in a scooter accident last fall.

Those five players and two others - receiver Antonio Callaway and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones - entered a pretrial intervention program in late October that could result in the dismissal of felony credit card fraud charges. The players needed to make restitution and comply with probation protocols over a 12-month period to get the charges dropped without any legal findings. The seven were charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft. Each of them made one charge with a stolen credit card number, ranging in value from $500 to $2,000, authorities said. Two others - defensive end Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort - made multiple purchases using multiple stolen cards, police said. All nine missed the entire 2017 season and needed to go before the university's Student Code of Conduct Committee in order to return to the team in any capacity. - AP College Football


01/12/2018 - Marcell Harris  
Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Harris announced the decision Thursday on Instagram, saying he "became strong mentally and gained different perspectives of the game that I may have never seen" while sitting out. A fifth-year senior from nearby Orlando, Harris played in all 13 games in 2016. He had a team-high 73 tackles to go along with two interceptions and a sack. He appeared in 37 games in three seasons at Florida. He could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, but chose to pursue an NFL career. Harris is the fourth Florida player to leave school early this season, following defensive tackle Taven Bryan, receiver Antonio Callaway and kicker Eddy Pineiro. Defensive Cece Jefferson and left tackle Martez Ivey announced last week they will return to school for their senior years. - AP College Football

12/19/2017 - *Eddy Pineiro  
Florida's Eddy Pineiro, the most accurate kicker in program history, is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. The fourth-year junior from Coral Gables made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. Pineiro made 29 of his last 30 field-goal attempts, including 17 of 18 this past season. His 94.4 percent success rate in 2017 led the nation. He converted 38 of 43 field-goal attempts (88.4 percent) in two seasons, tops in program history. Pineiro says "it was a difficult decision, but going to the NFL has always been a dream of mine. I did some research and just thought the timing was right." He finished 12th nationally in touchbacks this season, with 39 of his 50 kickoffs downed in the end zone. That 79-percent clip led the Southeastern Conference. - AP College Football

12/14/2017 - Duke Dawson  
2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Duke Dawson, Florida,...Dawson registered 34 tackles during his senior season, as well as nine pass breakups. He tallied four interceptions on the year, including a pick-six against Michigan that he ran back 48 yards for the score. Dawson's four interceptions tie him with CJ Henderson for the most on the Gators and ties him for second overall in the SEC. - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - Johnny Townsend  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P Johnny Townsend, Florida,...Townsend earned Coaches All-SEC second-team accolades after recording 3,043 yards on 64 punts this season. His average of 47.55 yards per punt led the SEC and put him second in the nation. The redshirt senior booted 27 punts inside the 20-yard line, while also registering 27 punts of over 50 yards. During the course of the season, he moved into first place in UF program history for total yards (11,090) and total punts (240). - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - Martez Ivey  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Martez Ivey, Florida,...Ivey garnered second-team honors after helping the Gators average 335.9 yards of offense per game this season. With his help, Lamical Perine and Malik Davis both eclipsed 500 rushing yards on the year. - Florida Football

12/14/2017 - *Eddy Pineiro  
2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): PK Eddy Pineiro, Florida,...Pineiro was named second-team All-SEC after finishing the regular season with the highest field goal percentage in the nation. He made 17-of-18 attempts this season, good for 99.4%. The redshirt junior finished his season making 16 straight field goals, putting him second in UF history for most consecutive field goals made. Through two seasons, Pineiro has converted on 38-of-43 attempts, putting him first in UF's history with a total field goal percentage of 88.4%. Pineiro set another UF program record this season, becoming the first Gator to make two 50-yard field goals in one game (UAB). - Florida Football

12/11/2017 - *Taven Bryan  
Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan has decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Bryan announced his decision Monday on Twitter, saying coach Dan Mullen's return to Gainesville "made this decision very difficult because I have the highest regard for him." Bryan ultimately, though, chose to move on. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound junior from Casper, Wyoming, had 40 tackles and four sacks this season. His size, strength and quickness have NFL scouts projecting him to be an early round pick. Bryan is the second Florida player to turn pro since the season ended. Receiver Antonio Callaway, who was suspended for all of the 2017 season, signed with Atlanta-based agent Mel Bratton last week and hopes to get drafted. Callaway was one of nine Florida players suspended all season for alleged credit card fraud. Callaway and six others entered a pretrial intervention program that could result in the dismissal of felony charges. - AP College Football

11/02/2017 - Malik Zaire  
QB Malik Zaire draws the start for Florida on Saturday at Missouri. Gators interim head coach Randy Shannon is making a change at quarterback for his first game by starting the graduate transfer. Zaire has played sparingly following his summer transfer from Notre Dame, appearing in two games and completing 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards.

10/30/2017 - Malik Davis  
Florida will be without leading rusher Malik Davis for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Davis injured his right knee in the first quarter of Saturday's 42-7 loss to Southeastern Conference rival Georgia. Interim coach Randy Shannon said Monday that Davis will have season-ending surgery. Davis leads the Gators (3-4, 3-3 SEC) with 526 yards on the ground and has been the team's most consistent playmaker. Without him, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson will share carries beginning Saturday at Missouri. Shannon says "it's a big blow for us because he was an explosive running back." Linebacker Kylan Johnson also could miss the remainder of the season with a nagging hamstring injury. - AP College Football

10/23/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
WR Tyrie Cleveland is questionable for the Georgia game with a high ankle sprain. Cleveland played on two offensive series in the first half against Texas A&M but had no catches on two targets.

10/23/2017 - Jordan Sherit  
DL Jordan Sherit, a senior, is out for the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery last week. Sherit suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of UF's loss against Texas A&M.

10/09/2017 - Brett Heggie  
OL Brett Heggie is questionable and in concussion protocol this week after suffering a head injury in the second quarter against LSU. With Heggie out, junior OL Tyler Jordan filled in at LG and would start there again this week if Heggie is unavailable to play.

10/09/2017 - Duke Dawson  
CB Duke Dawson had a career-high eight tackles and one pass breakup against LSU but also had his worst day in pass coverage of the season. The lowlights for the 5-foot-10, 202-pound senior from Cross City including a defensive holding call on third down that kept LSU's first TD drive alive, dropping two potential interceptions on a drive that ended with an LSU in the second quarter and being unable to come up with an interception on a 50-50 ball on a 47-yard pass from LSU quarterback Danny Etling to receiver DJ Chark. For the season, Dawson has two interceptions, five pass breakups and 20 tackles, including one tackle for loss.

10/02/2017 - Keivonnis Davis  
DL Keivonnis Davis, was involved in a serious scooter accident last week. Coach Jim McElwain, who visited Davis in the hospital, said his injuries weren't "life threatening" but that he had a couple of surgeries and has a long road ahead in his recovery.

10/02/2017 - Malik Davis  
OCT 2 SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Malik Davis, RB, Florida...True freshman Malik Davis rushed for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries against Vanderbilt...He is the first true freshman to rush for over 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jeff Demps did it against Arkansas on Oct. 4, 2008...He also became the first true freshman in the SEC to have two rushing touchdowns in a game this season...His two touchdowns help the Gators reach five rushing TDs for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014 when they did so against Georgia. - SEC Football

10/02/2017 - Brett Heggie  
OCT 2 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Brett Heggie, OL, Florida...Heggie was a member of an offensive line that allowed the Gators to rush for 246 yards and throw for 249 yards...He graded the highest among all of Florida's offensive lineman and he was the team's co-offensive player of the game...Heggie assisted in Florida being able to score five rushing touchdowns for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014. - SEC Football

10/02/2017 - David Reese  
Florida LB David Reese, a sophomore, is one to keep an eye on as a player with "good instincts (and) toughness" and who "is a (tackling) machine," according to Inside the League's Danton Barto writing at @ITLScoutsNotes. Insidetheleague.com

10/02/2017 - Martez Ivey  
Florida junior OT Martez Ivey "has length, good feet" and "dominated his man at the point of attack early," according to Inside the League's Danton Barto, a former Rams scout. Insidetheleague.com

10/02/2017 - Cece Jefferson  
Florida junior DE Cece Jefferson has a "quick first step" and can "bend to get pressure" though he "gets engulfed at the point of attack," according to former Rams scout Danton Barto of Inside the League. Insidetheleague.com

09/30/2017 - Lamical Perine  
RB Lamical Perine rushed for three touchdowns to help the Gators defeat Vanderbilt for the 26th time in the past 27 meetings. Perine, a sophomore, is the first Florida player to rush for three touchdowns in a game since quarterback Jeff Driskel in 2012 and the first running back to do so since DeShawn Wynn in 2005.

09/30/2017 - Luke Del Rio  
QB Luke Del Rio, who regained the starting quarterback job this week, broke his left collarbone during Saturday's 38-24 victory over Vanderbilt. He is out for the season and will undergo surgery on Monday. "It's hard," McElwain said. "I just feel horrible for him."

09/30/2017 - Lamical Perine  
True freshman Malik Davis rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, Lamical Perine rushed for three touchdowns and No. 21 Florida overcame the loss of quarterback Luke Del Rio to record a 38-24 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday in SEC play at Gainesville, Fla. Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks was 10-of-14 passing for 185 yards in place of Del Rio and guided the Gators (3-1, 3-0 SEC) on three second-half touchdown drives. Franks entered when De Rio injured his left shoulder and helped the Gators defeat Vanderbilt for the 26th time in the past 27 meetings. Perine, a sophomore, is the first Florida player to score three touchdowns in a single game since quarterback Jeff Driskel in 2012 and the first running back to do so since DeShawn Wynn in 2005. Commodores junior quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns but completed just 18 of 40 attempts. The loss was the second in a row for Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-2), which was trounced 59-0 by Alabama one week earlier. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2017 - Luke Del Rio  
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio has left Saturday's game against Vanderbilt with a left shoulder injury. Making his first start of the season for the 21st-ranked Gators, Del Rio was slow to get up after rolling out of the pocket, completing a pass to Brandon Powell and getting knocked down. Del Rio was favoring his left shoulder as he walked off the field and trainers looked at him on the bench. He then headed to the locker room for most tests. The son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio started six games last year before sustaining a season-ending injury to his right shoulder. Del Rio also partly tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He had surgery on both shoulders after the season. Feleipe Franks, who started Florida's first three games of the season and was benched in two of them, replaced Del Rio in the second quarter. - AP College Football

09/25/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
WR Tyrie Cleveland had four catches for 110 yards and a TD against Kentucky. The 6-2, 210-pound sophomore from Houston has emerged at UF's top receiver this season with 13 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

09/25/2017 - Kadarius Toney  
WR Kadarius Toney did a little bit of everything during UF's win over Kentucky. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound freshman from Eight Mile, Ala., scored his first career TD on a 36-yard run off a direct snap. Toney added four catches for 35 yards and completed a 50-yard pass on a reverse play in the second half. Expect the Gators to continue to showcase Toney's versatility against Vanderbilt.

09/25/2017 - Malik Davis  
RB Malik Davis keyed UF's second- half comeback against Kentucky with some critical runs. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound freshman from Tampa finished with 93 yards on 21 carries against the Wildcats. For the season, Davis has rushed for a team-high 195 yards on 7.5 yards per carry and will be counted on for big runs again against Vanderbilt.

09/25/2017 - Luke Del Rio  
QB Luke Del Rio will start this week against Vanderbilt in place of redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks. Del Rio replaced Franks during the third quarter of Saturday's 28-27 victory over Kentucky, connecting with Freddie Swain on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left for the winning points. Del Rio led the Gators back after Kentucky went up 13 early in the fourth quarter. He was 9 of 14 for 74 yards and the last-minute touchdown. "He came in and gave us that boost," Florida coach Jim McElwain said of Del Rio. "That's not to say Feleipe won't start again. He continues to get better." Del Rio started six games last season but underwent offseason shoulder surgery as Franks won the job through spring and fall competition.

09/25/2017 - *Antonio Callaway  
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett are among nine University of Florida players facing multiple third-degree felony charges on the heels of alleged credit card fraud, multiple outlets reported Monday. Callaway and Scarlett join five other suspended players in facing two third-degree felonies: fraud/swindle in obtaining property under $20,000 and use or possession of another person's ID without consent. Defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller, wide receiver Rick Wells and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are also facing the third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records, per the Orlando Sentinel. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith is facing three additional felony counts of use or possession of another person's ID without consent.

The players are accused of using multiple credit cards from multiple victims. Callaway transferred $1,970 from a stolen credit card to his University of Florida account and Scarlett transferred $1,940 to his account, making one fraudulent transaction apiece, according to State Attorney Bill Cervone. "Well, obviously, know this: I really care about those guys. We're going to do right by them," Gators coach Jim McElwain was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel during a press conference Monday as the felony charges were first publicly posted in the court system. "You're asking me something, which this is the first I've heard about it. Obviously, we sit down as a staff, we sit down as an administration. Obviously, the university first and what that is. Yet, at the end of the day I'll do everything I can to help these guys. - The Sports Xchange


09/25/2017 - Luke Del Rio  
No. 21 Florida is giving quarterback Luke Del Rio another chance to start, making the switch from Feleipe Franks after the redshirt freshman was benched in two of three games this season. Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Monday, choosing to go with Del Rio when the Gators (2-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) host Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1) on Saturday. Del Rio completed 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards at Kentucky on Saturday, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to uncovered Freddie Swain with 43 seconds remaining that gave Florida its only lead of the game. The son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, Luke Del Rio started six games last year before injuring his right shoulder. Del Rio was 5-1 as the starter in 2016. - AP College Football

09/23/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
No. 20 Florida marched 58 yards in the closing minutes of the game to rally for a 28-27 victory over Kentucky Saturday night at Kroger Field. It was Florida's only lead of the game. It was the 31st win in a row for the Gators over Kentucky, a national record that dates to 1986. Florida (2-1, 2-0 SEC) used 13 plays and chewed up 5:48 seconds in the game-winning drive. It culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio to wide open receiver Freddie Swain. Eddy Pineiro's PAT provided the winning margin. The Gators' long drive left Kentucky only 43 seconds to steal the win. Kentucky marched to the Florida 25-yard line, but a holding penalty nullified the play leaving the Wildcats with a desperation field goal attempt of 57 yards. Austin MacGinnis' kick was straight, but fell short. Florida had 395 total yards offense. The Gators used two quarterbacks. Feleipe Franks passed for 85 yards and one touchdown. Del Rio, who entered in the third quarter, passed for 74 yards and one touchdown. Malik Davis led the rushing with 93 yards, Tyrie Cleveland top receivers with 110 yards and a touchdown. Kentucky (3-1, 1-1 SEC) had 220 passing yards with senior quarterback Stephen Johnson collecting 196 and three touchdowns. UK added 120 rushing yards for a total offensive production of 340 yards. Sophomore running back Sihiem King led the way with 64 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/19/2017 - Feleipe Franks  
Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks walked into his American History class Monday and was handed a trophy, an award professor Steve Noll gives to students for asking really good questions. Franks got it for delivering the ultimate answer against Tennessee. Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as time expired Saturday, giving Florida a 26-20 victory over the Volunteers. The redshirt freshman spent the last two days getting praised for a play that will go down in program lore. He was congratulated walking across campus and even got a few "awkward" stares. Noll's presentation topped them all. "He just gave me the trophy out of nowhere to start the class and told me good throw," Franks said. "That's kind of how class started."

Frank's throw helped mask another poor offensive showing by the Gators (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who play at Kentucky (3-0, 1-0) on Saturday. Florida managed 380 yards against the Vols, but 135 of those came on two fourth-quarter plays. Otherwise, the Gators found no offensive flow, made several mistakes and helped cough up the lead in the closing minutes. Franks completed 18 of 28 passes for 212 yards in his second career start , with two touchdowns and an interception. - AP College Football


09/18/2017 - C.J. Henderson  
SEPT 18 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Henderson, DB, Florida...Henderson recorded an interception in the fourth quarter, running it back for a 16-yard touchdown, the second of his career. He became the first Gator since 1980 to record a pick-six in back-to-back games...Since 1996, he is also the only true freshman in the nation to have returned interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games. He is one of two true freshmen to have recorded at least one pick-six this season and is the only one to have two under his belt...Through his first two games as a Gator, Henderson is now tied for first in program history for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season, with the all-time record for a career being four...Henderson helped account for UF's third consecutive multi-interception game and helped give the Gators their 31st multi-interception game against an FBS team since 2010, which is the most in the SEC during that span. - SEC Football

09/17/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
Tyrie Cleveland was one of the last players to leave Florida Field. He slapped hands, posed for pictures, and just before disappearing into the locker room tunnel, he turned and waved one final time. He easily could have taken a bow. Cleveland hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks as time expired, and No. 24 Florida stunned 23rd-ranked Tennessee 26-20 in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday. Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found Cleveland behind safety Micah Abernathy for a Hail Mary that no one - especially the Volunteers - saw coming. - AP College Football

09/16/2017 - Tyrie Cleveland  
Sophomore Tyrie Cleveland hauled in a 63-yard touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass from Feleipe Franks to give No. 24 Florida a 26-20 win over No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The 24th-ranked Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) led 20-10 with 5:13 left after Brandon Powell's 5-yard TD catch, their first offensive touchdown of the season. Prior to that their scoring had all been via field goals and their defense, including a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown by freshman cornerback C.J. Henderson early in the fourth quarter that put Florida up 13-3. No. 23 Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) rallied from 10 points down twice, tying it at 20 on a 27-yard Aaron Medley field goal with 50 seconds left.

Florida looked to be playing for overtime when it didn't use a timeout on third-and-inches at its own 34-yard line. Mark Thompson converted with a 3-yard run with nine seconds left, setting up Franks and Cleveland for their heroics. The sophomore quarterback rolled out to buy time for his receivers to get deep, making sure not to cross the line of scrimmage, then heaved the ball more than 65 yards in the air to Cleveland as he slid to the turf to complete the 63-yard pass play. Franks threw for 212 yards on 18-of-28 passing with two TDs, but his interception with 3:57 left set up Tennessee's game-tying score. The teams combined for 37 fourth-quarter points after three periods dominated by defense and field goals. - The Sports Xchange


09/08/2017 - James Robinson  
Florida WR Robinson out indefinitely with heart issue...Florida freshman wide receiver James Robinson has been sidelined indefinitely because of a heart issue. Coach Jim McElwain revealed the news on Wednesday, noting that "something" showed up in Robinson's echocardiogram. "We'll take every precaution to help him as he moves forward," McElwain said. Robinson was suspended for the team's season opener against Michigan after he was cited for marijuana possession on Aug. 21. He also was cited for marijuana possession during his official visit to Ohio State in January. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2017 - Martez Ivey  
OT Martez Ivey, a junior three-year starter, was being counted on to help protect UF's quarterbacks this season. But Ivey didn't have a great start to the season, being whistled for an early false start and being part of an offensive line that allowed six sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

09/04/2017 - Feleipe Franks  
QB Feleipe Franks had an up-and-down game in his starting debut against Michigan. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound redshirt freshman completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards and showed some scrambling ability before being pulled after losing a fumble while going for a first down in the third quarter. He'll start again this week.

09/04/2017 - Jordan Sherit  
DL Jordan Sherit had five tackles and a team-high two sacks against Michigan. The 6-4, 254-pound redshirt senior is a steady edge pass rusher and a key contributor in UF's defensive line rotation.

09/04/2017 - C.J. Henderson  
CB C.J. Henderson was impressive in his college debut, returning an interception 41 yards for a TD. Henderson, a true freshman from Miami, also had two tackles against Michigan.

09/04/2017 - James Robinson  
WR James Robinson will play this week after serving a one-game suspension after receiving two citations for possession of marijuana during an eight-month span.

08/31/2017 - Feleipe Franks  
QB Feleipe Franks has been named No. 17 Florida's starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against No. 11 Michigan. Franks beat out incumbent starter Luke Del Rio and Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire. "He deserves it," coach Jim McElwain told reporters. "In that big stage (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas), the guy's got a big arm, too. He'll be ready to go." Franks threw for 2,766 yards and 35 touchdowns during his senior season at Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Fla.

08/15/2017 - Kadarius Toney  
QB/WR Kadarius Toney, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound true freshman, was recruited to Florida as an athlete and has impressed Florida coaches in workouts with his hands and route-running ability. In UF's spring game, Toney played quarterback and had 74 yards rushing, 9 yards passing and one passing TD. Toney could be used in some direct-snap wildcat formations against Michigan and may also need to be counted on at receiver with Antonio Callaway suspended for the season opener.

08/15/2017 - Chauncey Gardner Jr.  
DB Chauncey Gardner Jr. has a chance to be the next to uphold Florida's "DBU" tradition. With defensive backs Marcus Maye, Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson all departed for the NFL, the 5-foot-11, 204-pound Gardner will get a chance to emerge as the next playmaker in UF's secondary. Gardner earned Outback Bowl MVP honors as a true freshman last season, finishing with two interceptions, including one returned for a TD, in UF's 30-3 win over Iowa. Gardner is versatile enough to play cornerback and safety, and he will be counted on in the return game because of his breakaway speed.