Florida Gators junior defensive lineman Elijah Conliffe is no longer with the team after receiving a medical exemption.
The news, first reported by Zach Abolverdi, was confirmed to Gator Country by Florida spokesperson Skip Powers.
Due to his medical exemption, Conliffe will remain on scholarship while he attends school but will not count against the Gators’ scholarship limit of 85 — Florida now has 83 players on scholarship. This is similar to
A four-star defensive tackle prospect from Virginia, Conliffe’s commitment to Florida was a huge get at the time. The talented defensive lineman played in eight games as a freshman in 2017 making eight tackles and one quarterback hurry. He made his collegiate debut against Tennessee and first career tackles and quarterback hurry against LSU that season. As a sophomore in 2018, he played in 11 games, including two starts and notched his first career fumble recovery in a win over Colorado State, as well as a career-high five tackle game against Kentucky.
However, Conliffe’s junior season was cut short before it would even begin with an unspecified foot injury during offseason workouts. He missed the entire season with the injury but was hoping to return in 2020.
Without Conliffe, the Gators will have a little less experience on the defensive side of the ball. The Gators do return seniors Kyree Campbell, T.J. Slaton, and Marlon Dunlap, in addition to three newcomers in Gervon Dexter, Lamar Goods, and Jalen Lee.