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.