Starting cornerback Jalen Tabor and sophomore tight end C’yontai Lewis were suspended Wednesday by coach Jim McElwain. Both will miss the Gators’ season opener against UMass on Sept. 3.
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“Both C’yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,” McElwain said in a statement issued by the school. “By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies. I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators.”
The suspension news continues a challenging preseason camp for the Gators. Florida has lost freshman cornerback C.J. Williams and offensive lineman Antonio Riles to season-ending ACL injuries. Also, freshman defensive back Quincy Lenton is sidelined with a broken foot.
Tabor who played in all 13 games last season and started nine. His absence for the season opener shouldn’t be a factor but combined with the injuries to the Gators’ two freshmen defensive backs, Florida’s secondary is currently a bit thin on players.