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Antonya English

Leon Orr most likely will redshirt

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August

Freshman DE Lynden Trail and freshman DT Leon Orr most likely won't be among the multitude of defensive players expected to see action for the Gators in Saturday's season opener.

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney said Trail and Orr, a graduate of Gulf High in New Port Richey, most likely will redshirt this season.

"We're going to redshirt Trail and Orr, we think,'' McCarney said. "We hope it's a 14-game season and we haven't even gotten to September yet, so we hope we can hold those guys, but we never know with injuries. But right now, that's my plan.''

When asked the reasoning behind the decision to redshirt the two players, McCarney said the two aren't quite ready to play.

"They're not ready to play in the SEC, not ready to play winning football,'' he said. "They are both going to be really good prospects. But at this time through 20-some practices and scrimmages, they are not ready yet. I'm really happy they are here at Florida and so is everybody in the program, but they are not ready yet to go out there and play winning football.''

Orr was rated the No. 8 DT by Rivals.com, while Trail was the No. 7 weakside defensive end recruit.

McCarney said regardless of how Saturday's game against Miami of Ohio plays out - a blowout or a close game - he plans to rotate 10-12 players.

"I"m hoping to play 10 or 12 guys regardless of the score or what time of the game it is, and I'm planning on it,'' McCarney said.

The game should put to rest the rampant speculation that continues to swirl about freshmen Ronald Powell and Dominique Easley being disgruntled and ready to transfer.

"Powell, Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd will all play Saturday, McCarney said. "They are all in the rotation.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 3:03pm]

    

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