Florida receiver Riley Cooper's status remains uncertain
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Thursday afternoon he expects to find out "by this weekend, or early next week'' whether junior wide receiver Riley Cooper will return to the team this season.
Despite an injury-filled baseball season in which he played just 30 of the Gators' 64 games, Cooper is involved in negotiations with the Texas Rangers, who drafted him in the 25th round of the MLB Draft.
The former Clearwater Central Catholic standout did not participate in spring drills, but was expected to be an integral part of the Gators' receiving unit because he's one of the few returning with significant experience. He had 18 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Florida receivers' coach Billy Gonzales is on record saying he would welcome the opportunity to have Cooper play football, even if he signs a baseball contract. But Cooper's father, Larry, has said he won't do both.
UF quarterback Tim Tebow, who is rommates with Cooper, said he didn't want to publicly discuss Cooper's situation, but wishes him well no matter what.
"He knows he has a place at Florida and we love him,'' Tebow said. "Whatever his decision, I'm sure it will be the best one for him.''