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Florida coach Muschamp optimistic

GAINESVILLE — One week before Florida opens the season against Toledo, coach Will Muschamp concluded fall camp by saying he has a lot of confidence in this team.

"I think that some of my issues were … the sense of urgency with the team," Muschamp said. "We have a lot of young guys in some positions we're counting on. I think everyone in the country would say the same thing. But that's part of it.

"We're going to be a little green as far as the running back position … receiver a little bit. And then some situations on defense at linebacker, how we're able to rotate those guys in. But I feel comfortable, very comfortable, about the talent level at those positions."

NEW FACES: Staying true to his word that playing time doesn't depend on experience, Muschamp said to expect quite a few freshmen to play. Among them: defensive backs Vernon Hargreaves (Tampa's Wharton High), Nick Washington and Keanu Neal, receivers Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood and linebackers Jarrad Davis, Alex Anzalone and Daniel McMillan. OL Trenton Brown, a junior college transfer, also will play.

Maybe new faces: Muschamp said the staff hasn't decided on redshirting touted freshmen running backs Kelvin Taylor and Adam Lane.

"Both of those guys are taking some reps," Muschamp said. "And you never know where the season progresses and what they can or cannot do."

USF: Three starters

Sophomore Kenneth Durden and senior Brandon Salinas will open as USF's starting cornerbacks. Salinas is a walk-on who was given a scholarship Saturday. Zack Bullock edged fellow sophomore Tashon Whitehurst to start at strongside linebacker.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

FSU: New viewpoint

TALLAHASSEE — As a sophomore last season, Tyler Hunter appeared in all 14 games as the third cornerback.

Jeremy Pruitt, who replaced new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator, moved him to safety during fall practice. But like last season, Hunter, from Valdosta, Ga., is expected to come in on passing downs.

"I like playing safety (more)," said Hunter, who had three interceptions last season. "I like being over the top and being able to come down and make hits."

Times wires

Florida coach Muschamp optimistic 08/24/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 24, 2013 9:43pm]
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