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UF CB's status unchanged despite sub

During the final defensive series for Florida in the loss to Tennessee, coaches switched things around in the secondary and left one starter on the sideline.

Cornerback Reynaldo Hill was replaced by the 5-foot-8 Vernell Brown, who allowed Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge to complete his final pass of the night. That pass, to the Florida 33-yard line, set up James Wilhoit's winning field goal.

Hill insists the coaches have not said anything to him about the switch carrying over into this weekend's game against Kentucky. Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong concurred.

As for Brown, he understands it's not about how much he plays vs. how much Hill does, but rather an overall improvement by the defense.

"I really wouldn't grade myself," Brown said about his play on Saturday. "Together as a defense, we came out and we've got some corrections to make. That's what we did (in practice) and that's why we're looking forward to Kentucky this weekend."

HOME STRETCH: After the season's first road game, the Gators will be treated to their first-ever stretch of four consecutive home games.

Players want to make the Swamp a tough place to play again.

"You want everybody to fear coming to your house," linebacker Channing Crowder said. "There's nothing you can say or do about it, you just have to win. If you're beating everybody at your house, they don't want to play here."