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Looks like it's Wuerffel for UF

The nation's fourth-rated passer apparently has become Florida's second-string quarterback.

While Florida coach Steve Spurrier declined to name a starting quarterback Monday night, senior Terry Dean said that he will be replaced by sophomore Danny Wuerffel on Saturday against Georgia.

"He's the coach, he makes the decisions," Dean said after Monday night's practice. "He thinks this is the best way for us to beat Georgia. That's the way it is."

That's also the way it was in 1993. Dean lost his job to Wuerffel for a month. Then the two alternated starts for a month, and Dean won it back with a strong post-season performance.

"Last year taught me nothing is for sure," Dean said. "I'm going to use this time to improve my game, watch some tapes, get sharper with my throws. Maybe I'll get the chance to prove myself again."

Dean leads the Southeastern Conference in passing and is fourth in NCAA ratings, but he struggled in Florida's 36-33 loss to Auburn. Dean threw four interceptions before being replaced by Wuerffel, who threw three second-half touchdown passes.

Wuerffel declined to discuss the situation Monday night, saying it was Spurrier's decision. Wuerffel set an NCAA freshman record with 22 touchdown passes last season and has thrown for four scores in his first 33 passes of 1994.

Wuerffel got much more time with the first-team offense at practice Monday night, but Spurrier had said he would not make his decision public until today. "It's no secret what we're doing, but I'll talk about it Tuesday," he said.

It was about this time last season that Dean re-entered the picture. Upon replacing Dean in Week 3, Wuerffel started five straight games, but was ineffective early against Georgia and Dean came off the bench to lead UF to a victory.

Dean dropped hints that he thinks he still will play in the NFL. "I've had time to prove to other people what I can do," he said.

Meanwhile, cornerback Larry Kennedy, who injured his knee in the Auburn game, and defensive tackle Henry McMillian, who injured his knee in the Ole Miss game Oct. 1, say they think they'll be ready for Saturday's game.

_ Correspondent Michelle Thresher contributed to this report.