With newcomers and veterans together at practice for the first time Tuesday, Florida coach Urban Meyer said his first impression is there's lots of work to do before the season opener.
"If you walked away from this practice, you didn't say, 'Well, that was two good offenses (first and second team) and a defensive line really going after each other,' " Meyer said. "But it was the first day in pads. The effort and the heart are there. We've just got to coach them up."
Quarterbacks Tim Tebow, Bryan Waggener and John Brantley took snaps. But Meyer said he doesn't like the idea of having the three participating equally in drills and will decide on Tebow's backup soon.
Sophomore receiver Jarred Fayson, a quarterback at Hillsborough High, spent significant time at running back, saying he'll do "whatever it takes to help this team."
PUPELLO RETURNS: After an unexplained absence from Monday's practice, former Jefferson standout Trent Pupello was back at practice. Asked if the tight end was back in good standing, Meyer replied, "He's back."
WRAPPING UP: With the summer session concluding this week, several players are taking tests and finishing projects. Running back Kestahn Moore did not practice because he had an exam, and Dorian Munroe also was out. Quarterback Cameron Newton has sat out all week for academic reasons, but Meyer said he'll return Friday.