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Where Things Stand

A brief update on Florida's traning camp thus far... 

1. One down, one to go…

Barring an injury, Cody Riggs is a starting safety on Aug. 31. The situation could change four weeks into the season, but for now, the redshirt junior is the anointed starter.

2. Stepping up…

Freshmen receivers Ahmad Fulwood, Alvin Bailey and Demarcus Robinson have turned plenty of heads early in practice, but it’s redshirt junior Quinton Dunbar who appears poised for a breakout campaign. Dunbar has conveyed signs of newfound maturity and may be the (long awaited) answer to resurrecting Florida’s beleaguered receiving corps.

3. Wide left…

Florida’s kicking situation hasn’t drastically improved during the first 10 days of camp, but it seems increasingly likely redshirt freshman Austin Hardin will win the job. Senior walk-on Brad Phillips has battled a pulled groin, allowing Hardin -- the favorite to win the job at camp’s opening -- to distance himself.

TO DO LIST

1. Linebacker rotation…

See: work in progress. Michael Taylor (RSJR) will start at either the MIKE or WILL, but after that…the situation gets a tad murky. Although Ronald Powell is said to be looking strong, the SAM linebacker still isn’t 100 percent and his backup (freshman Matt Rolin) just tore his ACL and is out for the season. Darrin Kitchens, Neiron Ball and freshman Daniel McMillian will all play; where and how much is unknown right now. Suspended starter Antonio Morrison is the (not-so-secret) wrench to the whole equation, but his return date remains in limbo.  This is a unit that bears watching all season.

2. Offensive line continuity…

Nearly two weeks into camp, Florida has yet to practice a single snap with its projected starting offensive line. Injured guards Max Garcia and Jon Halapio are expected to return to practice this week, with moving parts to quickly follow. Tyler Moore, a natural tackle playing guard in place of the injured Halapio, will battle Chaz Green, last season’s starter, for first-team right tackle reps when Halapio and Garcia return to action.

3. The rest (starting with the most important)…

Tight end, safety, nose tackle rotation and kick returner are other unsettled battles. 

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