McElwain to Michigan: 2 can play at secrecy game
The question about his team's most prominent position was asked directly and indirectly. It was nuanced and framed in myriad fashions.
Jim McElwain, quarterback in a previous life, sidestepped all of it at his Monday press conference.
Five days before the Gators face Michigan in arguably their biggest season opener ever, he's simply not saying who will start behind center.
"The quarterback situation, we have a plan that’s in place," McElwain said. "I’m not going to tell you what it is, so there’s no reason to ask, but we’re excited about that. We’ll leave that for them to guess as well."
The answer was in partial response to the Wolverines, who still haven't even released a legitimate roster (Check out this one released Monday). As if to add intrigue, McElwain jokingly suggested (at least we think he was joking) the battle for the right to take the first snap may extend to four guys.
Don't be totally floored if Luke Del Rio, Feleipe Franks and Malik Zaire all remained sidelined the first play.
"I'm going to let you in on a hint: We're going to open up in wildcat with (freshman) Kadarius Toney there, all right?" McElwain said. "There you go. There's your starter."
ROBINSON OUT: McElwain confirmed WR James Robinson, cited recently with LB Ventrell Miller for marijuana possession, is suspended for Saturday's contest. Miller is among seven Gators players who already had been suspended for the Michigan game.
A YEAR'S WAIT: McElwain said Brandon Powell and Dre Massey likely will handle punt returns, with Tyrie Cleveland on kicks.
Massey, who tore his ACL on the opening kickoff against UMass last season, said has so looked forward to returning for this game, a picture of AT&T Stadium has been his screen saver for a year. If the kickoff comes his way, he says there's zero chance he takes a knee.
INJURY UPDATE: McElwain said DB C.J. McWilliams (hamstring) remains out while TE Kemore Gamble (foot) is questionable.
He called LB Kylan Johnson (hamstring) "iffy," but may have been erring on the side of caution.
"He’s a guy we need to have," McElwain said. "But he went through practice on Friday, some of the individual stuff and some of the walk-through stuff. We’re looking to see how that goes today but we’re expecting him to be able to play."