Senior rush end Cece Jefferson, one of the leaders on defense, is scheduled to return for Saturday’s game against Colorado State after being suspended from the first two games for academic reasons.
“Yeah,” UF coach Dan Mullen said Monday. “We’ll see. He should be back this week. It’s only Monday. We’ve got a pretty high standard now in this program for guys.”
Junior defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson said he’s counting on Jefferson being there Saturday, in uniform and ready to go.
“Cece knows what’s expected from him,” Gardner-Johnson said. “He didn’t want to miss the first two games, that’s not his choice. But he’s ready to get back out there and compete and have fun.
“It’s been hard for him, but he’s playing this week. He’s got to go in focused as a leader, step up, take control of the D-line, linebackers, like I take control of the secondary and the whole defense and just put everybody accountable because we want to win and we want to win now. We don’t want to hold back.”