GAINESVILLE — With Florida sophomore RB Matt Jones recovering from a viral infection, the Gator backfield has taken another hit with the loss of RB Hunter Joyer, a Wesley Chapel High graduate who pulled his hamstring and is out at least 10 days.
Jones is participating in some physical activities, but the Armwood alumnus has not been medically cleared to play.
"He's going to play for us this year. … That's the feedback I've gotten," coach Will Muschamp said. "We're a little bit in uncharted waters (with) the type of infection he had, and you're talking about the heat we're in. I think we need to be really careful right now that we don't have a relapse of the situation."
Muschamp said freshman RB Kelvin Taylor has "played well," but his ball security is a concern. Taylor had a fumble in Sunday night's practice.
OL Jon Halapio (pectoral pull) of St. Petersburg likely won't be cleared for contact for another seven to 10 days.
PURIFOY'S DOUBLE: Expect DB Loucheiz Purifoy to begin working at WR this week. He played both ways in the spring, and is expected to get time on offense with certain packages.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
FSU: Miss and match
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida State enters its second week of practice, fourth-year coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff have started mixing in some third-string players with starters.
In some cases, injuries have forced their hand.
Junior C Sterling Lovelady has seen far more time after backup C Austin Barron (foot) went down last week. Starter Bryan Stork has been limited all camp as he recovers from offseason toe surgery.
Per a new policy, the Seminoles, who scrimmage today for the first time, closed both sessions to media.
USF: Takeaway time
After a season in which USF's defense had just nine takeaways in 12 games, Willie Taggart doesn't mind his offense giving up turnovers in practice, so he was pleased to see as many as five interceptions in Sunday's evening practice in Vero Beach.
"It was a really good practice. Better for the defense than the offense, but it was really good, a lot of turnovers. It was great," Taggart said by phone. "I tell you what's good about it: They're not pass breakups. They're interceptions. They're turnovers. … We don't want to knock the ball down. We want the ball."
DE Julius Forte had an interception and freshman Jalen Spencer had another.
MAKING A SPLASH: Taggart said freshman FB Auggie Sanchez had two touchdowns in Sunday's evening practice. He's competing with another true freshman, Kennard Swanson, as well as walk-ons like Ryan Eppes.
"He's a really good athlete for the size that he is, and a really smart kid," Taggart said. "We're looking for him to compete for that starting fullback position."
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UCF: Freshman rising
ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary says LB Chequan Burkett has the best chance of any true freshman to make the two-deep chart. Burkett has been with the second team at the weakside spot.
"You're always looking for freshmen that have the ability to run and the ability to learn, the ability to strike somebody," linebackers coach Tyson Summers said. "He has all of those things. … He has to realize now if he is in the two-deep he's no longer a freshman and you have to be able to put all of those pieces together."
Also, the school confirmed that sophomore DB Nicco Whigham, who played all 14 games last season, is no longer with the program.