Jalen Tabor excited to return from suspension
Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor is excited to return to action after serving his one-game suspension, his mother, Merri Tabor, told the Orlando Sentinel Wednesday.
“He’s very excited,” said Tabor’s mother, Merri Tabor. “He just wants to be a team player and work with the team so they can get a win — another win.”
Tabor and teammate C’yontai Lewis were suspended from Florida’s Week 1 victory over UMass due to a fight that occurred during fall camp which left Tabor with several stitches above his left eye. The former All-SEC cornerback was forced to watch Saturday’s game from his living room, instead of being on the sidelines with his teammates.
“He said he was just at the house, jittery, ready to get back out there,” fellow cornerback Quincy Wilson revealed to the newspaper. “It’s hard watching your team out there playing and you’re not on the field with them.”
Tabor was an All-SEC defensive back in 2015 and started in nine of 13 games. He recorded 39 tackles, four interceptions and one sack. The Gators secondary struggled in his absence Saturday, with freshman Chris Williamson allowing two catches for 77 yards as his replacement.
“He brings a little edge,” defensive line coach Chris Rumph said of Tabor. “He brings a little bit more juice to the defense. They talk about swagger. He brings the swagger when he comes and I think some of the guys play off of that.”
Florida will host Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.