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Torrey Davis back at practice; John Brown underperforming; Tebow talks smack; PLUS ... The Patron Saint of running backs

GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore defensive tackle Torrey Davis attended his first practice on Monday, according to Florida's coaching staff.

Davis did not practice but defensive line coach Dan McCarney said that Davis will remain on scholarship while the coaching staff tries to "work him back into the program" and "back on the team."

Davis was unable to participate in preseason practice due to academic problems. He also recently appeared in court for driving with a suspended license. But, frankly, that has nothing to do with why he isn't on the team. See Tony Joiner: Arrested one day and starting against LSU another. No, Davis just can't get it done in the classroom.

Ever wonder why John Brown isn't competing for a playing time? McCarney said on Monday that Brown simply hasn't performed well in practice and is unreliable. He's also recovering from a broken bone in his hand. Of course, you don't need hands to play defensive tackle, just a will to out work your opponent. Brown, apparently, lacks the goods right now.

Well, not exactly. But he did say on Monday that it "wouldn't be bad" if he got to play Southern Methodist University on Saturday. SMU is coached by June Jones, the former Hawaii coach who called Tebow a system quarterback last year before the Heisman ceremony.

"I'm sure they have a great system there," Tebow said of SMU.

--Anyone other than me surprised that Jonathan Phillips beat out Caleb Sturgis for kicking duties this preseason? Not a good sign, if you ask me.

--Freshman defensive lineman Matt Patchan participated in contact drills for the first time on Monday and McCarney was impressed. Expect Patchan to see playing time against Hawaii.

Emmanuel Moody is listed as a reserve running back but if you read between the lines of Meyer's statements on Monday, then you'll realize that Moody will get his fair share of touches against Hawaii.

"[Moody] is a completely different player than he was last spring and he is ready to go out there and play college football. It has been a while. If you haven't gotten to know Emmanuel Moody yet, he is a high-character guy and he and his position coach are very close."

An interesting side note on Moody: He doesn't sign autographs like most athletes. Instead of writing his signature on a jersey or helmet or magazine or whatever, Moody writes "Jesus" and below that a cross and below the cross a "21." Imagine the surprise of some kid who gets a Gators autographed football for Christmas. Look, Mom! Jesus signed my football!



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