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Suspended QB Will Grier to rejoin Gators after bowl game: While Grier cannot play for Florida until the homecoming game against Missouri on October 15, 2016, he will rejoin the Gators for team activities starting in January. Grier will not be participating in bowl practice, which makes perfect sense given that he cannot travel with the team to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, nor can he play in that game. This is consistent with him not practicing or participating in team activities during the 2015 season after his suspension. (Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Florida's draft-eligible players consider declaring: There may be as many as nine draft-eligible Gators considering an early exit to the draft, including Vernon Hargreaves III, Keanu Neal, Marcus Maye, Demarcus Robinson, Kelvin Taylor and Alex MacCalister. Hargreaves is likely to be the only early entrant with a first round grade. One player who has already declared his intention to return to Florida is linebacker Jarrad Davis, a decision which led head coach Jim McElwain to call Davis "the best recruit this class could ever have."
McElwain and Florida will help advise those players who will receive draft evaluations from the NFL. Players started filling out paperwork for those evaluations last week. McElwain can point to senior defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard as an example of how coming back for another season can pay dividends in draft stock. Projected in the third round last year, Bullard has played himself into possibly the late first, or early second round, this year. (Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald)
Feleipe Franks makes it official: Florida announced the early enrollment of Franks, presently the Gators' top rated prospect in the 2016 class. (Zach Abolvedi, Gator Country)
McElwain also announced the early enrollments of quarterback Kyle Trask and athlete MacArthur Burnett.
Gators using interesting bowl practice format: Florida's seniors, and draft-eligible underclassmen who have declared for the NFL draft, will be held out of practice for the first three days and instead work with Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Kent. They will then join the team for practice when game preparation begins. The idea is to reward the upperclassmen while giving the coaches a chance to evaluate the players they will count on next year. (Nick De La Torre, Gator Country; Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)
Alex MacCalister and Neil MacInnes will miss the bowl game with injuries: MacCalister is still out with a foot injury and kicker MacInnes (aka "the dentist") is out with a knee injury. Brandon Powell, who was limited in the SEC Championship Game, is still having issues with his left foot, also. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)
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