Star wideout Demarcus Robinson recorded twice as many receptions as any other Florida receiver in the Gators’ rout over New Mexico State, but the junior mysteriously dropped to third string on the depth chart in advance of Saturday’s game against East Carolina.
Although Jim McElwain is openly dismissive of the two-deep roster, UF’s coach appears to be sending a message to Robinson.
“At the end of the day, it’s about doing what’s right and really what you put on film,” McElwain said.
“We have to understand that each and every one of us are responsible for our actions. Whatever those actions are, be proud of what you put on film, and give up yourself for the benefit of others. That’s what it’s all about.”
Robinson recorded a team-high six receptions for 34 yards against NMSU, but McElwain didn’t detail what the junior did — or didn’t do — on film or otherwise.
Oddly, junior wideout Ahmad Fulwood leapfrogged Robinson on the depth chart despite dropping a 60-yard touchdown on the lone pass sent his way.
THIS & THAT
Florida played 21 freshmen (12 redshirt, nine true) in the opener. … McElwain will update the status of starting safety Keanu Neal (hamstring) and five-star freshman left tackle Martez Ivey (knee scope) on Wednesday, but both players are doubtful against ECU after not practicing Tuesday. … UF remains unranked in both polls, receiving seven “other” votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.