The Florida Gators will begin their spring practice on February 28. Here is an injury update on players who will be kept out and those who will take part in non-contact drills.
As spring practice begins in Gainesville for the Florida Gators, there are several players that will be held out from contact drills — or all drills — leading up to the Orange & Blue Debut on Friday, April 7.
In his first press conference of the spring, head coach Jim McElwain gave an update on who will be out for spring drills.
- Luke Del Rio – The quarterback had shoulder surgery last month after being injured during the season. Del Rio enters as the only quarterback with experience as a starter, but he is unlikely to win the job this season.
- Jordan Sherit – Defensive end that underwent knee surgery in December.
- Antonio Riles – Suffered a torn ACL during fall practice that kept him out for all of the 2016 season.
- David Reese – The linebacker had wrist surgery in December and missed the Outback Bowl. With the departures of Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone, Reese is expected to step up and become a mainstay in the middle for the Gators.
- Freddie Swain – A possible breakout star at wide receiver for the Gators, Swain, who caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns last season, is recovering from a hurt shoulder.
- Jeawon Taylor – Recovering from shoulder surgery, Taylor will be fighting for a role as a backup to returning safeties Nick Washington and Marcell Harris.
- Quincy Lenton – Had foot surgery during 2016 preseason camp. Expected to fully recover and could see time at both safety and nickel.
- Dre Massey – The JUCO transfer suffered a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the season in 2016. Massey will add to the depth of a talented wide receiver corps.
- James Houston – Missed his senior season of high school with a torn ACL but is rehabbing well. The freshman could battle for playing time at linebacker.
- C.J. McWilliams – Also recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during preseason camp heading into last season.