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Neal, Ivey downgraded to doubtful for opener

GAINESVILLE -- Florida safety Keanu Neal (leg) and left tackle Martez Ivey (knee scope) have been downgraded to doubtful for Saturday’s season-opener against New Mexico State (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).

The two prospective starters haven’t practiced all week.

“They’re recovering at a very good pace, but I right now I’d say doubtful,” UF coach Jim McElwain said.

Neal, a junior, was injured in Florida’s scrimmage on Aug. 21, while Ivey, the five-star freshman offensive lineman, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last Friday.

Florida will be without another two starters, too, (end Alex McCalister and safety Marcus Maye are both suspended), but McElwain is pleased with his team’s overall outlook entering the first game of the season.

“Coming out of camp I feel pretty good about the health of our guys,” he said. “Hats off to our [strength and conditioning staff] and really our players for what they did this offseason.”


Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins will both coach from the sidelines this season, according to McElwain. … Former Florida All-American center, assistant coach and athletics director Bill Carr will serve as UF’s first honorary “Mr. Two Bits” on Saturday. … Florida has yet to sellout the opener, as plenty of club level tickets remain available. 

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