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Notebook: Safety Swap

GAINESVILLE -- No. 19 Florida (1-1) released its updated depth chart for Saturday’s game against Tennessee (1-1), and a noticeable switch at safety highlighted the few changes.

Redshirt freshman safety Marcus Maye has been benched in favor of senior cornerback Jaylen Watkins.

Maye had a tough outing in the loss to Miami, blowing a coverage on Phillip Dorsett’s 52-yard touchdown reception and whiffing on a pair of tackles.

“You just can’t give up big plays,” coach Will Muschamp said. “We can’t afford that to happen. You’ve gotta tackle better. Marcus knows that.”

With Watkins sliding to safety, electric freshman defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III is now the backup at all three cornerback spots and should see increased playing time.

Other depth chart notables include Antonio Morrison as the starting middle linebacker, while right guard Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) returns from injury as the starter at right guard.

Also, Loucheiz Purifoy is now the backup kick returner.

INJURY REPORT

Quarterback Jeff Driskel (knee), cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee), left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and Halapio (torn pectoral) are all “good to go” for the Volunteers this weekend. Staring right tackle Tyler Moore (ankle) remains questionable, but Muschamp expects the sophomore to play.

Moore won’t practice Monday, as Muschamp said, “We feel like everybody should be good. Tyler’s the only one that’s a little bit questionable right now but I hope to get him back for some reps Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.”

UNDER THE LIGHTS

Florida will play its first night game of the season when it kicks off against Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 (ESPN2 or ESPNU). The Gators -- winners of 26 straight games in the series -- haven’t lost to the Wildcats since 1986.

QUOTABLE

“You have to ask him that. No idea. I don’t think he’d do it, personally. Does anybody want to ask him? He doesn’t allow some media people in his things. Go ask him. I don’t think he’ll do it is my answer. … I’d be all for it though. Absolutely. I’d liked to see it actually. Some of y’all would as well.”

-- Muschamp -- smiling and laughing the whole time -- on the chances South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier returns to Florida this season as an honorary Mr. Two Bits.

THIS & THAT

After Jordan Reed led the Gators in receptions in 2012, Florida’s tight ends have been non-existent in the offense this season with just a single reception. Muschamp was critical of their progress, saying, “We’re going to throw it to the guys who can make plays. … We’re going to circle guys who are going to make plays and yards after the catch. That’s not been the strong point of that position at this point.”

... Florida has won eight straight games against Tennessee -- a UF series best. The Gators trounced the Vols 37-20 last season with a big second-half comeback.

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Well Maye did give up the only big play the canes had all game, he is a frosh and Watkins is a senior so that sounds like an upgrade right there. Marcus just needs more experience, coming off the bench will allow him to develop properly.
VH3 has performed as advertised so far and this change in the depth chart will allow him to get more playing time.
This may be a good change, but the defense is not a problem at all.
Getting Halapio back will only solidify the O line. All we need to do is take care of UT, cut down the silly mistakes and turnovers and we will be fine.

Whoever came up with the idea of Spurrier as honorary Mr Two Bits is crazy. Not while he is actively coaching elsewhere. If he was retired for sure.
It's all a big joke.

VH3 is definitely a stud! 2 games, 2 ints. I can't wait to see how good this kid will get with more experience!

Mr. Two Bits puts the A in UFag!!! That's probably the stupidest thing I've ever seen in college football!!!

UFailure: we make a tradition out of idiocy.

Gator, it's what's for dinner: You get one warning. Keep that kind of BS out of here.

21-16 lol

Well, at least you are almost likley to score on that vaunted sec defense. Oregon just scored again! Aren't sec defenses supposed to be great? What happened to any of our teams could run the table in any conference? Bama has some long coattails.....keep ridin em

ACC is 3 - 1 against the SEC Least this year, now that is ownership.

Da U!

Well, there is always next season to go undefeated.lol.

Does anyone know what "2 bits " are? $.25... thats cents! Who would've thought uf had the first 50 cent?

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