Gator Bites: Injured Trio Expected to Return, Floyd’s Eligibility, New Rankings

Gator Bites: A recap of the days biggest and best stories featuring the Florida Gators.

Trio Expected to Play Against UAB
Do-everything back Trey Burton saw action for one play in Saturday’s game against Florida Atlantic and then sat the rest of the game out. Florida head coach Will Muschamp says that he has an upper body bruise on his left side. Muschamp said Burton will most likely play Saturday against UAB. Wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Omarius Hines are both expected to play against the Blazers as well. Thompson got drilled on a helmet-to-helmet collision that knocked him out of the game against FAU and Hines sat out the game with a hamstring issue. Muschamp wouldn’t elaborate on Thompson, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a concussion, or at the very least a stinger. Good news to see those three on the field as all of them could be difference makers. I just hope their cautious with the senior WR leader Thompson if it is a concussion.

Some not so good news for two other Gators. Cornerback Jeremy Brown, who was expected to compete for a starting job, and wide receiver Robert Clark are listed as “probable-questionable” according to Muschamp. Brown and Clark were held out of the game against the Owls for a knee and hamstring injury, respectively.

Shariff Floyd’s Eligibility
Florida defensive lineman Shariff Floyd, who was held out of Saturday’s game against FAU by the University of Florida, met with the NCAA today regarding some possible violations. Here’s what UF had to say about Floyd’s eligibility:

“We have declared Sharrif Floyd ineligible and he is not eligible to compete until his eligibility is reinstated the NCAA. We have been and will continue to work with the NCAA until this matter is resolved. This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida. We will not have any additional comment on this matter until it is resolved.”

The word on the street is it’s for when UNC was recruiting him. Defensive line coach John Blake was his lead recruiter. It turned out Blake was essentially an agent for a runner and was at the center of the Tar Heels firestorm last season. Jason Liesner of the Palm Beach Post reached out to Floyd’s former head coach in high school, Ron Cohen. Cohen said:

“I don’t know what the allegations are. I assume it has to do with when he was in high school, with recruitment, but I really don’t know. The NCAA wouldn’t tell me what any of it was about.”

I’m sure this is just Florida covering their butts after all the negativity and noncompliance from big name schools throughout college football this offseason. Hopefully this will be resolved for the Tennessee game so Floyd can get into a rhythm with the defensive line. Floyd was the most productive out of the “Big 3″ recruits a year ago, and with both Ronald Powell and Dominique Easley impressing in the opener, I’m sure Gator fans agree that they can’t wait to see Floyd out there with them. Stay tuned on this story.

Gators Rise in the Rankings
After their 41-3 rout of the Florida Atlantic Owls Saturday, Florida moved up four spots in the Associated Press poll and five spots in the USA Today/Coaches poll. That puts the Gators into the top 20 in both polls at number 18.

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