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Gators participate in first scrimmage of fall



Florida participated in its first scrimmage Saturday morning, hoping to see young players on the offensive line and on defense step up.

“We just wanted to be real basic and let some of those young players (play),’’ UF coach Urban Meyer said. "The coaching staff is still in search of young offensive lineman who might be able to contribute early. “It’s tough, especially the defensive line they’re blocking,’’ Meyer said. “We do a lot of two’s on one’s, so that means our second offensive line is out there playing against those guys. That’s a lot of experience, a lot of talent. . . That's the hardest position to play as a freshman, by far.’’

Offensive coodinator and OL coach Steve Addazio said he was disappointed that he wasn't able to see James Wilson or Matt Patchan in action because both are vying for starting jobs. Each missed the scrimmage due to injuries.

Other notes from practice:

INJURIES: LB Brandon Hicks suffered a sprained ankle and will miss 5-6 days. OL James Wilson (right ankle), LB Jon Bostic (trapezoid), CB Jeremy Brown (back) and Carl Moore (back) remained sidelined by injury. OL Matt Patchan and S Major Wright were both held out of the scrimmage because of mild concussions suffered earlier in the week.

MOUNTING FRUSTRATIONS: Meyer said he's frustrated by WR Carl Moore's injury troubles, which have hampered his progress this fall. Moore, a senior transfer from California, had 184 yards on 14 receptions last season, with one touchdown. ranked him the No. 2 junior college player prior to his     .

 DEFENSE ON TRACK: With 11 starters returning from last year’s team, developing young talent is also a priority on defense. Senior LB Brandon Spikes said he likes what he saw in Saturday’s scrimmage. 

“I think it went great,’’ Spikes said. “We had a lot of young guys on defense make some big plays. “We set the bar and we have a standard here to fly around and play great defense, four to six seconds of relentless effort. And I think young guys are watching the younger guys practice and trying to do the same thing.’’

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:11pm]


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