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Harvin, Spikes, Hurt are out; Ronnie Wilson moves back to O-line; Patchan wowing coaches

GAINESVILLE -- Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney said on Wednesday evening that Ronnie Wilson has been moved back to the offensive line and could begin competing for a spot on the Gators' two-deep offensive line depth chart immediately.

"Tough guy and strong guy," McCarney said. "He's got to help our team somehow, some way."

Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that reserve offensive lineman Maurice Hurt (neck stinger) will be unavailable for Saturday's season opener against Hawaii. Hurt is a second-string right guard behind Mike Pouncey. Meyer also said that receiver Percy Harvin and linebacker Brandon Spikes are doubtful for Saturday.

There are two likely reasons why coaches moved Wilson back to offensive line. One, Wilson wasn't very good at defensive tackle. Two, they don't need him anymore because freshman Matt Patchan is wowing coaches in practice. Patchan has only been back to full-contact practice for three days and already McCarney likes what he sees.

"His motor never stops and when you say go play relentless for the Gators he understands that about as good as anybody," McCarney said. "The short time he has practiced he has really, really left a strong impression on everybody."

McCarney plans to play 9-10 players in the defensive line rotation. Here's an educated guess at list: Jermaine Cunningham, Carlos Dunlap, Justin Trattou, Duke Lemmens, Lawrence Marsh, Terron Sanders, Matt Patchan, Troy Epps, William Green and Javier Estopinan.

--Torrey Davis is not working with the defense. He is out of shape, according to McCarney and working with trainers during practice.

-jo-

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So will Tennessee be the first game for both Harvin and Spikes?

Hmmm... rust?

So they skip the preseason. Big deal, right?

-jo-

Better than getting them re-injured for sure... but still, not ideal. (Otherwise the best players would sit out these games every time.)

Jo-- What's your take on Brandon Antwine's return?

Gumby,

A sad situation, if you ask me. Brandon is a great kid and I hope he earns his degree. It will be a great day if we see him on the field again.

-jo-

will we even see Davis this year? Do you think he is on secret suspension?

James,

He's not on a secret suspension. He's still on scholarship, so that's a step in the right direction. If he could help with the defensive line, rest assured he would be. He's out of shape and had to miss the entire preseason camp due to his poor academic standing. But he is back at practice. The key thing to know here is that he's still on scholarship.

-jo-

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