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Watch: Jim McElwain previews 2017 season at Florida’s Media Day

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Good news: The Gators are “more than okay.”

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took to the podium today, as part of Florida’s self-proclaimed Media Day, to provide a preview of the 2017 season.

A few notes and highlights from the press conference:

  • Jim McElwain notes that there is no deadline to name a starting quarterback, and that the competition for that position is presently “even.”
  • On quarterbacks specifically: McElwain says Luke Del Rio is still in the competition, Feleipe Franks is a true competitor, and that Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire’s opportunity will not be diminished by his late start.
  • McElwain realizes that he was brought to Florida to restore the offensive culture and knows it “hasn’t happened yet.” He notes he was also brought in to win.
  • Jordan Sherit (DE), Antonio Riles (OL), and Kavaris Harkless (OL) will be limited in practice
  • The state of the program is “pretty darn good” and the Gators will be “more than okay.”
  • McElwain noted that the roster is pretty balanced presently. He singled out the amount of competition at several spots this season as a major difference from the past.
  • The Gators are looking for some players to step up on the interior of the defensive line.
  • McElwain reiterated his enthusiasm for the offensive line, calling the unit “dramatically improved.”
  • Some issues are still being worked out regarding the enrollment of wide receiver James Robinson.
  • McElwain stated that, as of right now, Chauncey Gardner would still be playing at corner, despite Marcell Harrisseason-ending injury.
  • Quincy Lenton and Jeawon Taylor, who were both injured last year, will be in the rotation at safety.
  • The Gators’ recent recruiting returns have been a result of the honest relationships that the staff have built with prospects.