The florida gators will be without Treon Harris and Antonio Callaway when spring football starts, Jim McElwain announced Tuesday.
“They haven’t been with us since January,” McElwain announced Tuesday. “That’s the last we’ll talk about it.”
McElwain deflected questions on if the players would be missing for the entirety of spring practice but did say that both players would continue with their “schoolwork.”
Last season Callaway broke Reidel Anthony’s school record for receiving yards by a freshman with a 26-yard screen pass in the Citrus Bowl. He ended his freshman campaign with 35 catches (3rd on the team) for a team best 678 yards and four scores. Callaway provided the highlight of the 2015 season with his 63-yard catch and run that gave its eventual winning score over Tennessee.
Callaway’s production wasn’t limited solely to offense; he was a weapon on special teams as well. His 15.54 yards per return was second best in the SEC — tops among freshmen — and his two punt return touchdowns gave Florida’s struggling offense a break.
Heading into this year, Callaway is projected to be the No. 1 receiver for the Gators.
Treon Harris started the first game of the season for the Gators before being replaced by Will Grier. Harris took over the job before the LSU game after Grier’s suspension for PEDs. Harris played his best game of the season that week in Baton Rouge, completing 17-of-32 pass attempts for 271 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His play slowly tapered off as the season went on and teams forced him to stay in the pocket and throw the ball.
It appeared that Harris would be in a quarterback battle with Luke Del Rio and graduate transfer Austin Appleby this spring, if Harris decided to stick it out at quarterback instead of switching positions.
Florida will start spring practice on Wednesday, March 9.