Florida suspends Jalen Tabor and C'yontai Lewis for Week 1 vs. UMass
Florida coach Jim McElwain announced the suspensions of both star cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis on Wednesday morning, per FloridaGators.com. Neither will be allowed to participate in practice or team activities, and both will miss the Week 1 regular season opener against UMass on Sept. 3.
Here’s his official statement:
“Both C’yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,” McElwain said. “By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies. I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators.”
Tabor, a junior, is widely considered as one of the best corners in all of college football and is projected as a first-round selection for the 2017 NFL Draft. Alongside Vernon Hargreaves, Jr. in 2015, recording 40 tackles (4.0 for loss), one sack and four interceptions — two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also finished with 14 pass deflections.
Lewis, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in nine games for the Gators last season, starting one. He ended the year with four receptions for 75 yards, catching both of his touchdowns vs. New Mexico State.
Update: According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the two players were suspended for fighting in practice.
Florida All-SEC CB Jalen Tabor, TE C’yontai Lewis suspended for opener vs. UMass for fighting each other in practice, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 17, 2016