Versatile cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy’s potential offensive role has diminished thanks to the emergence of freshmen receivers Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood, but offensive coordinator Brent Pease was adamant Florida would still install a weekly package for the dynamic junior.
According to Pease, Purifoy should receive around four offensive touches a game.
“There’s a lot of places you can put him to run the ball,” Pease said. “He’s got the potential that defenses got to be accountable to him.”
During the spring, Purifoy admitted he’s a cornerback at heart, but Pease said the junior is a natural at receiver.
“He’s just a kid that loves football,” Pease said. “To be playing defense and then all of a sudden switch over to do a play on offense and all of a sudden hit a post route. I mean, he makes it look so natural sometimes. He’s good at it.”
Florida was a dominant fourth quarter team in 2012, topping the SEC with a 128-33 margin (+95).
But what about all the slow starts?
Coach Will Muschamp said, “Well we'd like to play well in all four [quarters], if we can. Again, I think that we've started talking to our guys more about starting fast, especially on the offensive side of the ball, creating some positive opportunities for our football team. … It's a team thing, and certainly we've emphasized it maybe moreso than we have in the past. And I know it's a huge point of emphasis offensively.”
Starting fullback Hunter Joyer returned to practice Monday after missing the final two weeks of training camp with a strained hamstring.
Backup defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (patella) tweeted he was back at practice, but the redshirt senior’s official status has yet to be updated.Follow me on Twitter @JesseReSimonton