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Jim McElwain wants Florida Gators to play with passion for the state

Associated Press



GAINESVILLE - -The Florida Gators returned to practice Tuesday and to media availability Wednesday, but coach Jim McElwain's mind was clearly on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, not Saturday's challenge against No. 23 Tennessee.

McElwain was uncharacteristically somber during Wednesday's weekly news conference. He said the storm has affected 60-some members of the team. Some families evacuated from their homes to UF to ride out the storm. Some, McElwain said, are still displaced.

But the game is coming, whether UF is ready or not. McElwain said the team will be prepared and try to play with "a little bit of passion and desire for the people of the state of Florida."

"It's what we do," McElwain said. "It's in our fabric."

In football news ... McElwain had no update on the nine players who are indefinitely suspended for their role in a university-related financial card scandal, and he said he has "no concern" about whether these suspensions will continue to drag on. Those sidelined include leading receiver Antonio Callaway and leading rusher Jordan Scarlett.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will move from the field to the press box during the game. Quarterback Feleipe Franks will remain the starter.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:41pm]


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