Florida Head coach Jim McElwain spoke to the media Wednesday and we’re left with more that we don’t know than what we do.
Rather than a usual presser regarding your typical football news, this was very bit different.
Most today’s discussion was catered to Hurricane Irma and the aftermath. How will the Gators handle the cancelled game and disrupted practice time from the Hurricane?
The media members noticed and asked McElawin about his somber mood and his response was that he felt for the victims and that he was still thinking about them. He also said that, while his power was on and running, he wished it was he that did not have everything working.
It’s definitely been a different week to get ready for Tennessee.
The few times football was brought up McElwain mentioned that his players were excited to play a home game and to protect the Swamp. But that will be without, RB Jordan Scarlet and WR Antonio Callaway who have their suspensions with nine others continuing. So, Florida still has question marks on who will make plays for them?
We also learned that Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier will be calling the game from the booth.
McEwain was asked about how he felt about Felipe Franks first two starts coming against ranked teams. His response was that this is why athletes come to schools like the University of Florida. Then again, he put Franks on the bench to start the second half in game one.
With a big SEC game coming up this week, all eyes will be on the Gators offense. Will we see another three quarterback rotation? Or will Franks get to have the whole game to try to get this offense out of hibernation?
Does Tennessee come into this game with an advantage having played an game with Indiana State last week and having a stable practice schedule?
As the week progresses and the game gets closer, not all of our questions will be answered. At least not until the Vols come calling on Saturday.
And when the Gators run out of the tunnel, a good portion of the state looks to take more steps forward and recover from Hurricane Irma.