Between Suspensions and QB Questions, Don’t Expect Clarity From Michigan-Florida

If Florida’s backup tailbacks employ the kind of change of direction the Gators coach Jim McElwain showed Wednesday, perhaps Florida still has a chance against Michigan on Saturday. Fresh off the announcement that two more players—including top tailback Jordan Scarlett—would be suspended indefinitely, McElwain pulled the old HEY LOOK OVER THERE and offered up a piece of news guaranteed to change the conversation.

Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks will start at quarterback for the Gators, ending a three-way competition in which none of the signal-callers truly distanced himself. Franks will take his first collegiate snap against pressure-mad coordinator Don Brown’s defense, which itself will be breaking in 10 new starters. Ten, coincidentally, is the number of players Florida has suspended for the game.

“Sometimes adversity can bring a group closer together,” McElwain told reporters Wednesday. “We’ve got a pretty tight group right now.”

McElwain poked fun last week at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s delay in producing a roster for his 2017 squad. “We haven’t gotten into Michigan prep at all,” McElwain quipped to reporters. “When you guys get their roster let me know who we’re playing.” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh finally revealed that roster Wednesday.

Perhaps McElwain should have waited until a minute before the Gators kick off against the Wolverines on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, to release his roster, because it seems to

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