ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators looks on before the SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jim McElwain suspends his best player, one other ahead of season opener

Good on coach to hold these guys accountable.

It's tough when a coach has to suspend players, but it's worse when one of those guys is your best player on defense and overall. That's what Florida's Jim McElwain has had to do with tight end C'yontai Lewis and defensive back Jalen Tabor. Both players will miss the season opener against UMass on September 3rd.

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McElwain said that both players displayed behavior that was unacceptable and will now have to pay the consequences for it.

"Both C'yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable. 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."

This also shows that McElwain is willing to make the tough call and hold everyone accountable, including his star players. Lewis was expected to start at tight end and improve upon his freshman season where he caught four balls, two of which were touchdowns. Tabor is expected to go in the first round of 2017's NFL Draft and this is not exactly a good start to the season for him.


[h/t SEC Country]