GAINESVILLE -- Florida released its updated depth chart for Miami and sophomores Matt Jones (tailback) and Antonio Morrison (linebacker) highlight the few changes.
After missing nearly all of training camp battling a serious viral infection, Jones is listed as UF’s No. 1 tailback ahead of redshirt junior Mack Brown -- who set career highs in carries (25), yards (112) and touchdowns (2) in his first collegiate start last Saturday against Toledo.
Jones will make his 2013 debut Saturday, but how much he’ll play -- considering the South Florida heat, the noon kickoff and the sophomore’s conditioning level -- has yet to be determined.
“We feel pretty good about [Matt’s] progress,” coach Will Muschamp said. “I think you know, as we work through the week we’ll be able to know how much he will be able to contribute.”
Quarterback Jeff Driskel said it’s nice just to have Jones back for experience and depth purposes, but the junior hopes Florida’s starting tailback is totally healthy.
“I know he’s going to do everything he can to be at 100 percent,” Driskel said. “If he’s close to 100 percent, I’ll take it.”
Meanwhile, Morrison is officially reinstated following a one-game suspension for a pair of well-documented arrest. In a bit of a surprise though, Morrison is listed as the backup middle linebacker to junior Michael Taylor.
Other depth chart notables include: Suspended wideout Latroy Pittman no longer listed as a backup at the “F” position, while the right cornerback position remains written as “Jaylen Watkins or Loucheiz Purifoy.”
“I think our schedule is what it is. You guys keep wanting to add the Packers and everybody else. I’m kind of happy where it is right now. It’s been so unsettled just because I know Jeremy [Foley] and the guys have been dealing with the SEC schedules moving forward what are we staying, what are we not. I don’t know that all those things have been defined as of yet.”
-- Muschamp on the possibility of renewing the yearly rivalry with the ‘Canes
Muschamp said starting left tackle D.J. Humphries (sprained MCL) will return to practice -- in a limited role -- Tuesday but is expected to be fine for Saturday’s game. Backup linebacker Darrin Kitchens strained an oblique muscle and will sit out the first two days of practice this week.
Defensive tackle Dominique will miss Monday’s practice with the flu.
Brown was awarded Florida’s offensive player of the Toledo game, while the Scrap Iron accolade went to transfer offensive linemen Tyler Moore and Max Garcia. UF’s entire defensive line was awarded player(s) of the week for their superb effort creating consistent pressure against the Rockets.
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