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August 26, 2013

Week 1: Depth Chart vs. Toledo





* Austin Hardin (RFR) won the placekicking job over senior walk-on Brad Phillips, but technically it remains an open competition. Muschamp said, “Brad was slowed by a groin. Again, Brad kicked well when he kicked, he just didn’t have as many attempts or at-bats as Austin did. But Austin sort of distanced himself as a kickoff guy and the placekicking duties. But Brad is a guy who has been in the game before and done it when the lights were on, so that’s something we’re going to work through during the season.”

* Brian Poole is the listed starter at nickel over Vernon Hargreaves III, but since Muschamp didn’t update VG3’s injury status (sprained shoulder) here’s guessing this gets flip-flopped once the freshman is cleared for contact.

* Clay Burton is the No. 1 tight end, with Muschamp saying, “I think Clay is just a very dependable guy who can play multiple spots as far as playing on the line and also playing what we call the “move” position. He's able to do some different things.” Sophomore TE Kent Taylor is nowhere to be found.

* The tailback situation remains in flux. Mack Brown, Mark Herndon and Valdez Showers are all listed, while Muschamp refused to name/compliment freshmen running backs Adam Lane or Kelvin Taylor.

* Solomon Patton (WR) and Valdez Showers (RB) are the main two kick returners, but Louicheiz Purifoy (CB/WR) will return kicks too. 

Any questions on the depth chart? 


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He's back...

GAINESVILLE -- Antonio Morrison will play against Miami on Sept. 7, coach Will Muschamp announced Monday.

Florida’s starting middle linebacker will miss Saturday’s opener versus Toledo, but the sophomore’s suspension has been reduced from two games to one.

“I just don’t feel like his actions warranted a two-game suspension,” Muschamp said.

Morrison was arrested twice in a five-week period this summer, including a July 21 detainment for allegedly harassing a police animal. The charges were later dropped.

“He’s very remorseful about the whole situation, and we’ve moved forward,” Muschamp said. “Guys make mistakes and have poor judgment at times. I’m just disappointed with how the entire night was handled.”

Junior linebacker Ronald Powell said Morrison has taken his punishment in stride and is ready to return and help the team win.

“It’s going to be good to see a teammate who loves the sport as much as he does, and loves his teammates as much as he does be back out there,” Powell said. “I know he’s excited for that. He’s waited and this is not something he’s taking lightly.”

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ICYMI: Robinson grabbing attention

Teaser... A feature on freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson

GAINESVILLE -- The Demarcus Robinson hype-train is rapidly approaching maximum velocity.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound receiver is just a freshman, yet Robinson has already been tabbed Florida’s savior at a position starved for playmakers.

Good luck, kid.

“I'm not appointing him the greatest thing on Earth yet because he's got to play a game,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “But I know he’s worked at his skill, and I think he’s understanding what his opportunity and job is on each play.”

Robinson, who enrolled early in January, has starred in both spring and fall camp, electrifying teammates, coaches and fans with his physical frame and downfield explosiveness. 

Expectations were already high for Robinson, a four-star prospect from Peach County (Ga). Now they’re getting higher. 

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