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Let the de-striping begin...

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GAINESVILLE -- One of Florida coach Urban Meyer's two-a-days traditions is welcoming freshmen into the program by removing a stripe (it's a sticker) from their helmets. (The true freshmen begin camp with a thin black sticker/stripe on their helmets.)

The de-striping process is a rite of passage. You've got to earn it, apparently. Fans get excited about the de-striping process and speculate which freshman will lose his stripe first. Past freshmen to lose their stripes first include Percy Harvin and Major Wright.

This fall, several freshmen have stood out thus far. Cornerback Jeremy Brown's work ethic is being compared to Tim Tebow. Coaches are shocked by the speedy development of receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. Defensive end William Green appears to be a star in the making and, like Hammond Jr., is a highly intelligent student-athlete. Florida coach Urban Meyer says Jeffrey Demps has already earned the right for playing time this season. Will Hill is battling for a starting spot.

ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT, Herald correspondent Mike McCall and I asked 10 football players during media day a series of 10 questions with one-word answers. Only one player knew the capital of Montana. Not coincidentally, this same player was one of only two players who could correctly spell "Guacamole." Take a guess who the smart player is and leave your answer in the comment field. I'll announce the name on Monday afternoon after practice and think of a cool prize. (I've got plenty of cool prizes just lying around my house these days!)

-jo-

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