Two of the Florida Gators’ stars in their comeback win over Tennessee last season have been suspended for Saturday’s rematch against the Volunteers.
Quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor will both miss the rivalry game “based on the choices they made,” coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday.
“They will be back the following week,” McElwain said. “I'm not angry at them at all. It's a choice.”
With Harris out, Will Grier will likely take all the snaps for the second straight week, possibly settling the starting quarterback job.
Florida aims to extend its winning streak to 11 over Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS).
Harris and Tabor, both sophomores, have had brushes with the law during their brief tenures with the Gators.
Trailing 9-0, Harris, a former star a Miami Booker T. Washington, replaced struggling quarterback Jeff Driskel and led a pair of scoring drives, including Florida’s lone touchdown setup by a strip-sack from Tabor.
A day later, Harris was accused of sexual assault, but he was reinstated when the allegations were withdrawn and only missed the LSU game.
Then in December 2014, Harris was charged with operating a motor vehicle without license, a second-degree misdemeanor, with Tabor also in the car.
Officers discovered two bags of marijuana in the car, however, no charges were filed because neither player actually possessed the drugs and the car didn’t belong to them.
Tabor was cited for marijuana possession in May 2014.
Last weekend, Harris didn’t play against Kentucky, but the sophomore continued to compete for the starting job with Grier.
On the year, Harris is 19-of-27 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, adding 55 yards on the ground.