Florida head coach Jim McElwain talked about a handful of topics during his time on Wednesday's weekly Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. Here are a few highlights:
Del Rio will practice today
After sitting out Florida's 38-28 loss to Tennessee with a sprained MCL and not participating in practice on Monday and Tuesday, starting quarterback will return to practice Wednesday in a limited fashion.
Del Rio injured his left knee two weeks ago in the Gators' 32-0 win over North Texas when a Mean Green defensive lineman took a low hit on Del Rio's planted leg.
"He'll throw some (skeleton drills), some routes on air and probably two of the different team periods just to take a look," McElwain said. "We'll see how it goes and see how it responds from there."
Powell cleared to play
The SEC overturned Brandon Powell's first-half suspension for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt that stemmed from him "throwing a punch."
"We've received word that he'll go and you know nothing from there," McElwain said.
In the second half against Tennessee last week, Powell threw his arm out in the air in the direction of Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden, who flopped as if he was hit. The referees ejected Powell afterward.
"He was full go from Monday afternoon on," McElwain said.
On the season, Powell has recorded 15 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown this season.
McElwain on how he hopes his team will respond: "I like the way they've been Monday and Tuesday. Obviously today is a big practice for us from a situation standpoint and yet the focus has been really good and the leaders have been really good, so it's too early to tell. I don't have a crystal ball and yet I think we'll bounce back pretty good."
On Les Miles' firing at LSU: "This guy has done so much for this league. He's done so much on a national stage. He's obviously, I feel for those families within the organization but more so, you know what, the players and the lives he's touched. I hate to see it and I've got the utmost respect for what he's done and really more so what he's put into other peoples' lives in making a difference. He's a guy we're gonna miss."
On Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb, a Gainesville native: "Even at contact, his legs are constantly moving and he runs behind his pads. Now what do I mean by that? His body lean, his quickness in his jump cuts, especially in the power game, in the inside running game, that's very impressive. And when he gets to the second level, he can go ahead and give you a leg and take it away. He's a hard guy to tackle and get clean shots on and I think that's what really separates him and makes him what he is."