On the surface, the availability of Antonio Callaway this weekend appears a little more realistic than it did just a couple of days ago.
In this past Saturday’s blowout of Kentucky, the Florida wide receiver sustained a quadriceps injury. Monday, Jim McElwain stated he was “a little nervous about his leg” and uncertain about Callaway playing in the non-conference matchup with North Texas this Saturday.
Callaway didn’t practice Monday, and wasn’t at full-speed Tuesday. On the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, the head coach left the door open for Callaway to line up against the Mean Green.
“I’ll be looking, excited to see kind of how he looks today, especially as it goes through all the way through practice [today], because you could see he could run a little bit better as he worked through it,” McElwain explained.
That said, the Gators could very well sideline Callaway this weekend, if for nothing more than to give him additional time to heal up before a huge SEC East showdown with Tennessee Sept. 24.
With an offseason of off-field issues behind him, Callaway leads the Gators in receptions (13), receiving yards (201) and yards per reception (15.5). He’s also tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with Brandon Powell with two.