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Will Hill working towards becoming a starter



His nickname is "The Thrill'' but so far freshman safety Will Hill is just another  young guy trying to find his way in the early days of fall practice with the Gators.

"Nothing yet, coach Urban Meyer responded when asked after Tuesday's practice what he's seen that makes Hill so special. "Other than he's a great athlete. He's still trying to learn. He's a great kid. And he's a very intelligent player. But it's so early.''

Two practices, in fact. But Hill still has his sights set on seeing significant playing time, if not starting. And with the Gators decimated at the safety position, that may not be too far-fetched.

"That's (starting) is what I'm fighting for right now,'' Hill said."With the two guys going down (John Curtis, Dorian Munroe),  I knew I was going to play early but the opportunity just came at hand very quick.''

Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said he's not putting a lot of pressure on Hill, despite the Gators' need at the position, instead wanting him to work hard enough to earn regardless of who is hurt.

"With Dorian going down and Curtis going down there's a big-time need for us at  that position,'' Strong said. "He's a guy that can cover a lot of ground and he's a guy that  he's going to be able to fit our system well.

And soon as he learns the college game.

"I got to get the defense down to (be ready) to come out and play,'' he said. "I'm picking it up. The tempo, the speed, you've got all these fast guys out here. You've got to move quick.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:31pm]


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