Notebook: Everything Jim McElwain said on Monday afternoon

Jim McElwain addressed the media on Monday after a disappointing 17-16 loss to LSU over the weekend. There were several injuries in the game and he updated on the statuses of those players as well as the team’s mindset heading into the Texas A&M game.
Here’s what he said:
• Nick Washington re-aggravated a shoulder injury and will be out this week.
• Brett Heggie is questionable. He is going through concussion protocol this week.
• Tyrie Cleveland is still questionable with a high ankle sprain.
• Chauncey Gardner, Jeremiah Moon and Kadarius Toney will not go at practice today. They will be evaluated as the week goes on.
• If Kadarius Toney can’t go this week, Dre Massey will be the guy in the wildcat.
• Pass protection will be a key against Texas A&M. McElwain said the Gators have to get better at that moving forward.
• McElwain said having a young quarterback along with all the injuries and suspensions are not excuses to struggle on offense.
• Feleipe Franks continues to have a good attitude and is working hard. McElwain said he just needs some time and needs guys to get open.
• Malik Zaire is doing a good job of pushing Franks in practice, but Franks will still be the starter this week.
• There were several frustrated comments posted by players after the LSU game, but McElwain said he doesn’t feel a difference in the locker room. He still thinks this is a tight knit group.

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Growing up the daughter of a baseball coach in a household that revolved around Gators sports, Bailiegh’s future working in sports was her destiny. She played four years of varsity softball at Suwannee High School and one year on softball scholarship at Gulf Coast State College. In her first year she discovered a love for journalism so she packed her bags and moved to Gainesville to finish her A.A. and begin interning for Gator Country. She is now on track to graduate from the University of Florida in 2019. In her free time, Bailiegh enjoys binge watching her favorite TV shows and spending time with her family and her two fur babies.