GAINESVILLE -- Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey said on Wednesday that he expects Chris Rainey to return to the team.
"He's doing good," Pouncey said. "He made a mistake. I talked to him yesterday. He's doing good. He just can't wait to get back."
Rainey was arrested for felony stalking last week and has not participated in team activities since the incident. Pouncey and Rainey are close friends. Rainey lived with Pouncey when the two played high school football for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts. While Pouncey seemed confident of Rainey's return, the offensive lineman also said he doesn't know when Rainey will be allowed to rejoin the team.
A spokesman for the University of Florida later advised reporters that Pouncey did not speak on behalf of Florida coach Urban Meyer.