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Florida Gators’ Zachary Carter wants to play ‘in honor of all COVID-19 fighters and victims'

The Hillsborough High alumnus expressed his plan on Twitter, but coach Dan Mullen said he hadn't talked with him yet.
Florida Gators defensive end Zachary Carter said he plans to play this year in honor of those who have fought or died from COVID-19.
Florida Gators defensive end Zachary Carter said he plans to play this year in honor of those who have fought or died from COVID-19. [ Times ]
Published Aug. 20, 2020
Updated Aug. 20, 2020

At least one of the known Florida Gators absent on the first day of preseason camp appears to be staying with the team.

Defensive lineman Zachary Carter wrote on Twitter that he has been “in deep thought lately” because of the coronavirus pandemic, which killed a friend of his mother. “Looking forward to ballin out in honor of all COVID-19 fighters and victims,” Carter wrote. “Go Gators!”

Apparently the Hillsborough High alumnus has not yet discussed his thoughts with coach Dan Mullen.

“I haven’t talked to him today,” Mullen said Wednesday after practice, “so we’ll see.”

Carter was one of four known players who were not at UF’s first practice Monday, along with receivers Trevon Grimes, Kadarius Toney and Jacob Copeland. Mullen has not said anything about their long-term statuses and will leave it up to players to announce whether they’re opting out of the season.