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Status of Antonio Callaway, Treon Harris still uncertain for Florida opener

Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris (3) catches a touchdown pass from wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) on a trick play in the first quarter of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl between the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (Loren Elliott | Times)
Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris (3) catches a touchdown pass from wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) on a trick play in the first quarter of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl between the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (Loren Elliott | Times)
Published Jul. 12, 2016

HOOVER, Ala. — Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris are both on campus and on Florida's media guide roster, but it's still unclear whether both — or either — will be with the Gators when they open the season Sept. 3 against UMass.

"Right now they're obviously back on campus, doing team workouts and some things like that," coach Jim McElwain said. "Nothing's been resolved yet, and there's really not a time frame on it."

Both players were initially suspended in January. UF hasn't specified the reasons, but Callaway's attorney, Huntley Johnson, has said that the sophomore receiver is the subject of a university code of conduct investigation stemming from an unspecified incident in early December.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Callaway led UF in receiving yards (678), caught four touchdowns — including the winner against Tennessee — and scored on two punt returns.

In two inconsistent seasons at quarterback, Harris completed 174 of 346 passes (50.3 percent) for 2,695 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Despite speculation that he could switch to receiver for his junior season, Harris is still listed as a quarterback.

McElwain said having both players on campus is a good step for their academic progress.

"More than anything, the help you have academically at Farrior Hall and the Hawkins Center is huge," McElwain said. "That's really what it's all about. We'll see."

ASK TABOR: CB Jalen Tabor wasn't among the Gators chosen to come to media days. No problem — the junior decided to stage his own by answering questions from fans online.

McElwain said he won't censor his players on social media, but he does educate them about what they post. Tabor has fueled the Gators' rivalry with Tennessee by some of his offseason posts.

"Understanding the importance of what you put out there and how they affect your brand is something that's all part of the learning experience. …" McElwain said. "As I said, you better back it up with your play."

STATE CHAMPS: Although Florida State attracted jokes online when the Seminoles handed out state championship rings after beating UF, Miami and USF, McElwain doesn't have a problem with it.

"I mean, they won it, so why won't you?" McElwain said. "That's a hell of a deal. …"

McElwain did, however, point out that he's not sure "whether our administration has it in our budget to do that." McElwain has made several similar cracks at UF's budget, though the Gators have made significant facilities upgrades during his tenure.

TAMPA BAY TIGERS: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told a group of Tigers reporters that former five-star DL Byron Cowart (Armwood High) and WR Ryan Davis (Lakewood High) will not be suspended for the season opener against Clemson after being arrested in May on misdemeanor marijuana complaints.

Cowart was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the country by ESPN and Rivals and spent much of the offseason working out with teammate Carl Lawson, one of the country's most promising defensive linemen.

"This offseason he made a lot of progress," Lawson said.

MISCELLANY: McElwain does not have a timetable for when he will announce a starting quarterback; Luke Del Rio is the most likely candidate. … SEC commissioner Greg Sankey unveiled the league's new slogan: "It just means more." … Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason announced that Kyle Shurmur will be the starting quarterback.

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