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Frustration showing after slow starts at Florida, Florida State

MONICA HERNDON | Times

11

October

Things are not going well at 3-2 Florida and 1-3 Florida State.
And it's beginning to show.

Like this tweet, from Gators receiver Dre Massey, after last week's 17-16 home loss to LSU.

That's "shaking my head," if you don't speak Internet. It's not a good thing.

Neither is this, also after the LSU loss, from backup quarterback Malik Zaire.

Or this, from Hillsborough High product Zachary Carter.

Carter, of course, wears No. 94.

UF coach Jim McElwain said some griping about playing time is natural; no one wants to sit on the bench. But losing causes the frustration to bubble, even in what McElwain calls a close-knit group.

"I'm sure they are (frustrated)," McElwain said. "They want to win as bad as anybody. Ultimately it's about winning and we didn't win this last game."

FSU players aren't allowed to use social media during the season, so it's harder to get their candid feelings. Linebacker Dontravious Jackson, however, broke the rule by writing "Free 5" (his jersey number) and tweeting "2 plays" - clear references to his (lack of) playing time.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said that matter has been handled internally.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:36am]

    

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