University of Florida

UF coach Jim McElwain likes team’s focus despite distractions

UF coach Jim McElwain.
UF coach Jim McElwain. AP

Despite a pair of major distractions before a big matchup at No.  6 LSU, Florida coach Jim McElwain has been pleased with his team’s focus and effort in practice.

McElwain called “Sweet Treat Wednesday” really positive and hopes the No.  8 Gators continue their sharpness into “Perfect Thursday.”

“I thought it was a really good day,” McElwain said. “I really like where we’re at.”

McElwain stresses creating chaos, but

UF has had some self-inflicted distractions.

Quarterback Will Grier was suspended Monday for violating the NCAA’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, then backup cornerback Deiondre Porter was suspended indefinitely Wednesday after an arrest on multiple felony charges for allegedly brandishing and firing a gun in the direction of his pregnant girlfriend.

“What we try to do in our program in general is try to create as much unknown and chaos so you understand the key is that you have to focus on the detail of the task at hand and don’t let any of the periphery get to you,” McElwain said.

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