Gators RB Jordan Cronkrite figuring out his future

By Adam Silverstein
October 30, 2016
Gators RB Jordan Cronkrite figuring out his future
Football

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Normally known for being less than transparent, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain did not mince words when discussing sophomore running back Jordan Cronkrite status with the team: unknown.

Cronkrite did not travel with the Gators to Jacksonville, Florida, for the Florida-Georgia game. The team announced he had suffered an “undisclosed injury,” those most had a feeling something else was going on. McElwain confirmed as much after the 24-10 win.

“He’s right now kind of trying to figure out whether he wants to play or not,” the coach said. “Our door is always open for him until he finds out what he wants to do. We’re here to support him.”

There have been rumors that Cronrkite has been considering a transfer. His carries have dwindled since the start of the season, though Cronkrite has also been dealing with a nagging injury and one can assume whatever other roadblock he is dealing with.

Cronkrite out-touched fellow sophomore RB Jordan Scarlett when the players worked as reserves in 2015, but it’s clear that Scarlett is the stronger and more dynamic runner this season. With freshman Lamichal Perine also looking good and junior Mark Thompson with another year of eligibility remaining after 2016, Cronkrite may be seeing the writing on the wall, particularly as Florida continues recruiting the position.

McElwain was clear that Cronrkite is not off the team yet, but did say he wasn’t with the Gators right now, presumably referring to the fact that he was not present in Jacksonville at EverBank Field.

Cronrkite was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, ranked No. 267 overall in the Class of 2016. He committed to Florida over Miami.

2 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Really bummed out to read this about Cronkrite. He is tough, strong and talented. I’ll never forget the pass he out-muscled a Vol defender for in a critical late game drive as a true freshman. I think he’s a better runner, blocker, route runner, pass catcher and has better vision than Thompson.

    That said, it is frustrating to see how quickly these young players give-up when everything isn’t going their way and immediately go to the transfer card. This is the age of instant gratification instead of toughing things out, getting better, being loyal and hanging in there until you get your next shot (which they ALWAYS get) and then making the most of it.

    I hope he stays but if things are so bad that he didn’t even travel with the team to Jacksonville (WTH is that?! . . and with Thompson out? . . what if we had needed him?), then I would imagine it’s going to be hard to fix.

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    He’s back on the team

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