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Monday Morning Buffet: Encouraging news

With three practices in the books, Florida coach Will Muschamp met with reporters Monday and disseminated the latest happenings surrounding his football team early in training camp. 

Most importantly, Muschamp updated the status of starting running back Matt Jones.

According to Florida’s coach, the sophomore is back in the football facility and “hopefully, maybe we’ll try and see next week to get him active.” Jones is over his serious viral infection but has lost 8-10 pounds.

“He’s moving around a little bit,” Muschamp said. “We’re just trying to get him back in the swing of things.”

It’s important to note here, while Muschamp is positive regarding Jones’ recovery, there’s a major difference between Jones being “active” next week and actually practicing in full pads.

Stay tuned. 

OTHER INJURY REPORTS

Buckle up, it’s a long list…

Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel (appendectomy) will meet with a doctor sometime this week (Wednesday or Thursday) to determine a timetable for his return to the field. In the meantime, Driskel has been at practice everyday, taking “mental reps” and leading the younger quarterbacks from the sidelines.

Starting guards Jon Halapio (torn pectoral muscle) and Max Garcia (back) remain sidelined but both should be cleared to practice by the end of the week.

Muschamp said Halapio “is doing very well.”

In minor news, defensive tackle Leon Orr (sprained thumb) and freshman offensive lineman Roderick Johnson (knee) are slightly banged up but not expected to miss any practice time.

FRESHMAN QB MAKING PLAYS

While redshirt junior Tyler Murphy has reportedly done a nice rob running UF’s first-team offense, a freshman quarterback’s strong arm has caught Muschamp’s attention too.

Max Staver, a three-star prospect from Tennessee, “has got a real live arm,” Florida’s coach noted.

“He’s done some nice things,” Muschamp said. “Brent [Pease] and I were talking this morning and pleased with him. … You can really see some of the big throws Max can make.” 

QUOTABLE

“I always believe you add size and speed late, girth guys that are good athletes. You don’t add little guys late. … We want to be a big, fast, physical team and that’s why you add guys like [TE Trevon Young] that in your recruiting class late.”

-- Muschamp on the relatively quiet recruitment of freshman tight end Trevon Young (6’5, 270)

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