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Notebook: Purifoy honored after gaudy performance

GAINESVILLE -- Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy collected his first-career interception during Saturday’s win over Arkansas, earning himself a pair of respected honors Monday.

Following a splendid statistical performance -- a pick-six, sack-fumble, four tackles and three pass breakups -- Purifoy was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.

“We weren’t playing very well defensively,” coach Will Muschamp said. “Then [Loucheiz] leveraged the receiver perfectly, and the ball was thrown behind the receiver. It was a really nice play on the ball, and obviously, scoring [afterwards.]”

Purifoy’s interception-turned-touchdown highlighted the Gators’ 30-10 win over the Razorbacks, giving the Gators an early 10-7 lead they never relinquished.


Florida’s Oct. 19 travel to No. 25 Missouri is set for 12:21 p.m. ET and will be televised on SEC TV.

The Tigers -- in just their second year in the SEC -- are one of only two remaining undefeated teams (Alabama) in the league.


Muschamp said injured quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg) has been present for all team meetings and was at Florida’s team hotel last weekend, but is unsure if Driskel will make the trip to LSU.

“I don’t know that he can [physically] travel,” Muschamp said. “He still has a pretty large sized boot on his ankle. As far as a cast is concerned, traveling is kind of hard. But I’ll talk to him about it.” 


Muschamp (again) stated cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) would play Saturday against LSU. Roberson has missed UF’s last three games. … Freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis -- winner of this week’s special teams hard hat award -- suffered a laceration to his cheek in the win over Arkansas but was stitched up and is fine to play this weekend. “He’s a guy that going to throw his face in the fan, I can assure you that.” … Muschamp said nose tackle Darious ‘Bear’ Cummings played his best game of the season versus the Razorbacks. … LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (former San Diego Chargers OC) squared off against Muschamp (defensive staff member of the Miami Dolphins) one time when both coaches were in the NFL in 2005. The Dolphins beat the Chargers 24-20 late in the year. 

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