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Practice No.2: Cameron Newton a no show and other notes

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GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida's sports information staff confirmed on Sunday night that freshman back-up quarterback Cameron Newton will miss the beginning of training camp to focus on his final week of the summer semester.

CameronnewtonNewton (pictured) was not at practice on Sunday night, the first practice of the fall for returning players. Incoming freshmen and redshirt freshmen practiced Sunday afternoon but Newton, according to coach Urban Meyer, was supposed to practice with the returning players later in the evening. Newton, however, was not at practice.

Newton, who enrolled early at UF, participated in the Gators' spring practice and has been named the team's early back-up quarterback. With Newton away, junior transfer quarterback Bryan Waggener took snaps as the team's back-up on Sunday night. Freshman quarterback John Brantley practiced Sunday afternoon during the freshman-only practice.

Chashenry-The Gators do not return a kicker (punter or place kicker) with game experience. Freshman Chas Henry (pictured), rated by Scout.com as the class 2006's No.1 punter in the nation, has a good chance to fill the starting punter position.

-Fans applauded Percy Harvin on Sunday after a simple pass route that befuddled cornerback Markus Manson. Harvin shook Manson so completely that the converted defensive back fell to the ground. During SEC media days, UF senior safety Tony Joiner said that Manson, a redshirt junior who moved from running back to cornerback during spring drills, was the defense's most improved player.

-Florida practices twice today. Freshmen take the field at 5 a.m. and returning players practice at 4:15 p.m.

-jo-

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