Wednesday August 17th, 2016

Florida has suspended starting cornerback Jalen Tabor and redshirt sophomore tight end C'yontai Lewis for violation of team policies, the team announced Wednesday.

The announcement did not disclose why the players were suspended.

The team says Tabor, a junior, and Lewis are suspended immediately from practice and team activities and will also miss the team's season opener against UMass on Sept. 3.

"Both C'yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,'' Florida head coach Jim 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 started nine games last season for the Gators, totaling 21 tackles and intercepting four passes with 14 pass breakups, while earning first-team All-SEC honors.

Lewis appeared in nine games in 2015, catching four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

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