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This and That: “We’ve got a long way to go”

The Gators opened training camp Friday afternoon, scraping their traditional split-squad-sessions early in camp due to so many injuries. UF coach Will Muschamp met with the media following practice. As usual, player [X] “did some nice things.”

The real highlights…

Muschamp vaguely commented on sophomore running back Matt Jones’ illness, calling Jones’ serious viral infection “uncharted waters.” Muschamp refused to elaborate -- even when pressed -- on the sophomore’s exact diagnosis but did admit Jones has already lost weight.

“We’re in a little bit of uncharted waters here exactly about him coming back and when that’s going to happen and how good of health he’s going to be in,” Muschamp said. “I don’t know any of that right now. It’s very uncertain. It’s very frustrating, for him first of all, and for us a little bit.”

WR UPDATE

Freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson is likely to play just one spot, Muschamp confirmed Friday.

Robinson is expected to immediately boost Florida’s anemic receiving corps, with Muschamp saying the early enrollee should have a key role in the attack in 2013.

“I think he’s a guy that athletically certainly can help us. But again, how quickly can he continue to progress mentally with the game. Can he play multiple positions? Do you need to leave him in one spot, which is probably what we’ll end up doing,” he said. “So far we’ve been very pleased.”

Muschamp also commented on senior wideout Andre Debose, saying, “He’s in the mix [for a starting job] … We need him to play well.”

QUOTABLE

“We've run into some numbers [issues]. You have different teaching progression with young players as opposed to old players, that's why you like to have two different practices to divide the roster up. But unfortunately we couldn't do that, we had to do what's best for our football team and that was to get out there together tonight. Saw some positive things there one day in and we've got a long way to go. Looking forward to getting back in the film room tonight, starting tomorrow morning.”

-- Muschamp on Friday’s practice

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