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Florida suspends QB Harris, CB Tabor for a game

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September 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm.

Sep 12, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA;  Florida Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor (31) intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown against the East Carolina Pirates during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.  Florida Gators defeated the East Carolina Pirates 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 12, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor (31) intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown against the East Carolina Pirates during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the East Carolina Pirates 31-24. Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida will be without suspended quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor for Saturday’s SEC game against Tennessee.

Gators coach Jim McElwain announced the one-game suspensions on Wednesday but didn’t specify a reason other than to say he based the decision on “some choices they made.” Officially, the sophomores were suspended for an undisclosed violation of University Athletic Association policy.

Tabor was a starter in the first two games this season but a backup last week in Florida’s win over Kentucky. He has one interception, which he returned for a touchdown against East Carolina, and four pass breakups in the first three games this year after playing in all 12 games as a freshman in 2014.

Quincy Wilson is expected to start in place of Tabor.

Harris started Florida’s opener this season and has played in two games, completing 19 of 27 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He did not play last week against UCF.

Last season, Harris passes for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions.

Redshirt freshman Will Grier will take Harris’ spot for Saturday’s game against Tennessee (2-1).

“It hurts because we got a lot of guys that really care about this team,” McElwain said. “You know what, some other guys will step up and play.”

Florida (3-0, 1-0) previously suspended defensive end Alex McCalister, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and safety Marcus Maye for the season.

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