The Florida Gators could have been competing for a national title in 2016 if they had some more offense considering how stout the defense and how often it was on the field. Part of that was quarterback problems, but another major part was not having the receivers to throw to outside of Antonio Callaway. JUCO transfer Dre Massey was supposed to be the second option, but tore his ACL the first game of the season.
He suffered the injury on the opening kickoff of the season and played the entire rest of the half before getting shut down by the training staff. According to 247Sports, Massey is ahead of schedule on his recovery and will be taking kickoffs again. That’s also right from coach McElwain’s mouth:
“He went through all of spring practice in a non-contact role,” coach Jim McElwain said. “He was able to go through every (skeleton drill), all the individual drills. Obviously he’ll get back there as a returner, he’s a guy we’re counting on for that as well.”
Florida also has senior Brandon Powell and sophomore Freddie Swain to hold down the receiver corps, but Massey would be a better option as the second receiver.