Florida suspends Jalen Tabor, C'yontai Lewis for "unacceptable behavior." The duo will sit out the opener this year.
Florida has announced that junior Jalen Tabor and redshirt sophomore C'yontai Lewis have been suspended for what head coach Jim McElwain is calling "unacceptable behavior." Both are suspended from practice and team-related activities.
McElwain noted that the two players are "not bad guys." It seems the players broke a team policy.
"Both C'yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,'' McElwain said. "By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies. I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators."
Florida's first contest of 2016 comes against UMass at home on September 3. Should the duo be eligible to return in week two, they'd make their debuts against Kentucky.
Tabor, a former five-star recruit from Washington D.C., is regarded as one of the best defensive backs in the SEC. The 6-foot, 200-pound star racked up 30 tackles and four interceptions last year. He's also recently changed his first name to Teez. He's one of the more vocal Gators on social media - routinely calling out rival Tennessee.
Lewis, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Alabama. In 2015, he caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
There is no timetable regarding when Tabor and Lewis will be allowed to return to practice. We'll keep you updated.