University of Florida

Florida Gators heal during bye week

After seven straight games to start the season, No. 11 Florida enjoyed its lone idle date of the year.

The Gators practiced a couple times last week, but the bye allowed several role players to heal and the rest of the team to unwind, go home or actually watch football on Saturday.

“I told them, it’s a chance to let your mind relax,” coach Jim McElwain said. “Get the clutter out. Be a normal person.”

Florida will have nearly its full roster in advance of Saturday’s pivotal SEC East showdown with rival Georgia. Playmaking tight end C’yontai Lewis (hand) and defensive tackle Joey Ivie (abdominal strain) are probable, as are special team ace Case Harrison (hand) and backup offensive linemen Travaris Dorsey and Kavaris Harkless.

JESSE SIMONTON

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