And the exhale begins.
It was widely reported, and confirmed by head coach Dan Mullen, that several players had chosen not to attend Florida’s first three practices.
Two of the absent players announced on Twitter their intentions of playing the 2020 season.
WR Trevon Grimes and DE Zachary Carter will return to practice and join their teammates in preparation for the season opener at Mississippi on September 26.
Carter sent out the following tweet Thursday morning:
Stay prayed up🙏🏾 Lets get to this money though ‼️🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/iqmAgQSkRw
— Zachary L Carter (@_ZachAttacks) August 20, 2020
Thursday afternoon, Grimes hinted at a return with this tweet:
Ole Miss Week 1 🔥 @e_moore03
— GrimeTime (@Trevongrimes8) August 18, 2020
Grimes clarified, via a response, Thursday evening:
Not sound .. I will* 🤞🏽 https://t.co/17u865fl1p
— GrimeTime (@Trevongrimes8) August 21, 2020
Both Carter and Grimes are expected to start this season.
Carter is hoping for a breakout season as he tries to replace the void left by Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga. Carter recorded twenty-eight tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2019.
Grimes’ return is especially important to Florida’s success. The Gators lost four high-impact receivers from a year ago. Grimes has hauled in 59 receptions for 855 yards and five scores in two seasons with Florida.
Grimes transferred to Florida from Ohio State prior to the 2018 season. The talented receiver’s mother had a bout with cancer and currently works as a critical care nurse in South Florida.
While the story is centered on the return of a pair of Gators returning to play, Kassidy Hill, of SInow, encapsulates the moment perfectly:
Both Grimes and Carter clarified today they will be playing. That’s incredible news for them and the Gators.
Don’t let this overshadow though the legitimate concerns players have wanted addressed the past couple of weeks.
They deserve to have peace of mind & a full season. https://t.co/OAs0jrNZFg
— Kassidy Hill (@KassidyGHill) August 21, 2020