GAINESVILLE -- Florida sophomore quarterback Treon Harris returned to action Monday after missing three practices due to the death of his 16-year-old cousin Richard Hallman.
“It was great to have Treon back with us today,” coach Jim McElwain said.
“That was good. Obviously, he was a little rusty. We need to give him time as quickly as possible.”
Hallman, a student at Miami Booker T. Washington, was shot and killed Tuesday in Overtown.
Harris was absent from a pair of midweek workouts and missed Saturday’s scrimmage, too, but McElwain explained his pleasure in having Harris back on the gridiron among teammates and coaches.
“He’s as good as he can be,” McElwain said.
“He felt good being back. His family knows that this is where he should be and focus on this. As in any situation of loss, you never get it back. So it's really at that point, you know, focus on the positives, focus on the good things that you had. And I think that's part of it."
New UF linebackers coach Randy Shannon -- the former local standout and Miami Hurricanes head coach -- is close with Harris’ family and has been a shoulder for Treon to lean on.
“We talked a lot,” Shannon said.
“Knowing Treon’s family, personally, knowing what he’s been through and you talk to them, communicate to them but you also don’t make him do anything but you try to make him feel more relief than just the anger. … You get him to understand that certain things in life are tough, but you’ve got to always keep moving forward because you have goals in life. He has goals in life that he’s shared with me and things that he shared with the coaching staff. ... We’re there for him. We’re his family, extended family up in Gainesville and he’s got his family back down in Miami. We’re happy that he’s back, but like any process we’re going to get him through this process being away from home.”
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Sophomore wideout Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach) will be shutdown the rest of spring due to a nagging foot injury. Meanwhile, backup tailback Adam Lane remains sidelined with an undisclosed leg injury. … Shannon has instituted mandatory tests -- twice a week -- for every player on Florida’s roster. Shannon explained the written exams are simply a learning tool and not a punishment prop. “There is no pass or fail,” he said. “There’s no such thing as pass or fail in coaching. It’s correcting the mistakes and not making the same mistakes. You want to know what they know.” … McElwain mentioned walk-on quarterback Jacob Guy, a 6-5 gunslinger from Dade City Pasco, has quietly worked his way into the quarterback competition and is getting extensive reps.
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