Well this is certainly an interesting development.
At his press conference prior to the start of spring practice, head coach Jim McElwain acknowledged that a pair of his players, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and quarterback Treon Harris, haven’t been a part of the Florida football team since January. Moreover, neither will participate at all during the 15 spring practice sessions.
McElwain didn’t divulge whether the pair were suspended, although he did say they continue going their schoolwork. “That’s the last we’ll talk about it,” the coach added.
Last season in his first year with the Gators, Calloway led the team in receiving yards (678) and tie for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (four). His 19.4 yards per catch led the squad, and 35 receptions were good for third.
At the end of the regular season, he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team.
Harris started the 2015 season opener, but gave way to Will Grier — with a suspension thrown in for good measure — until Grier was himself suspended in October for the remainder of the season. Harris then started the last eight games of the year, with the Gators going 4-4 in that span. Including in that stretch were three losses to close out the year by an average of nearly 25 points per game.
In early February, it was reported that the program was considering moving Harris to wide receiver.
With Grier transferring and Harris’ status up in the air, it appears a former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback has the (very) early edge in what will be a wide-open competition that will likely stretch into summer camp.
Mac said Luke Del Rio enters spring with a leg up in QB competition.
— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) March 8, 2016