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Practice No. 7: Brantley inching closer to back-up role

A few notes from Wednesday's practice...

GAINESVILLE -- Freshman quarterback John Brantley practiced with the second-team offense again today. Junior college transfer Bryan Waggener sat out with what coach Urban Meyer called "heat" issues. (Did he mean that figuratively or literally?)

Brantley shined at times, throwing a beautiful fade pattern to Deonte Thompson in the corner of the end zone during team drills. He also threw touchdowns to tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Jarred Fayson.

-Freshman quarterback Cameron Newton is expected to begin practicing on Friday. Originally tabbed as the team's back-up, Newton should still have plenty of time to win the job.

-Marcus Gilbert (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) sprained his ankle. He finished practice in "the pit," the place where all injured Florida Gators mill about and play with medicine balls. James Wilson spent his second day in "the pit." He struggled to walk off the field after practice.

-Freshman Bo Williams (Oakland Park Northeast) continues to limp through practice.

-Freshman Moses Jenkins (Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson) is still adjusting to the intensity of college football.

-Redshirt freshman Jamar Hornsby had a nice interception during team drills.

-Sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't sharp. (By the looks of his passes, I'd say his back is a little sore.)

-Cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis is coming around. He practiced well for the second straight day.

-The right of passage for all UF freshmen and junior college transfers is having a black stripe removed from your helmet. The stripe comes off and you're a "true" Gator, as the tradition goes. No freshman has been de-striped yet but Major Wright (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) will probably be the first Gator to be baptized. Meyer said Wright nearly earned his de-striping after the freshman made an impressive open-field tackle during team drills. Chris Rainey was on the receiving end of that hit. Hard to tell, but I'm pretty sure Wright transferred some of his stripe onto Rainey's hat.

-jo-

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