Thomas readies for return

Two injured standouts may be OK for LSU

Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (44) celebrates with defensive end Jarvin Moss (94) and linebacker Brandon Siler (40) during the shutout of Central Florida on Sept. 9. Thomas has been conditioning while he awaits the end of his indefinite suspension.

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Published: Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Although senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas remains under indefinite suspension, it appears the coaching staff is getting him ready to play for when he is reinstated.
Thomas, who failed two drugs tests this summer, stayed on the practice field with his teammates for the duration of Wednesday's workout. At the end of practice, while his teammates filed out of the main practice gate, Thomas exited a side gate and was driven in a cart back to the locker room. He was wearing a white jersey, the same color the veteran defensive players wear in practice.
"He's just conditioning," UF coach Urban Meyer said. "For two weeks he sat around doing nothing, so we're just running him, getting him in shape.
"You'll have to ask the defensive coaches (how much time he'll need before he's ready to play). He's played a lot of football around here. I think it's more conditioning than anything else."

Harvin, Wynn update

True freshman wide receiver Percy Harvin practiced Wednesday, while starting tailback DeShawn Wynn missed his third consecutive day. Meyer said there is still a chance both players could play in Saturday's game against LSU.
"(Harvin) did a few things today," Meyer said. "We're going to try to advance him tomorrow.
"Wynn did not do anything today, but they're still telling me there's a chance (he'll play). We'll see."
Wynn sprained his knee early in the second half of last Saturday's win over Alabama, while Harvin continues to nurse a high ankle sprain he sustained in the Tennessee game.
In Wynn's absence, sophomore Kestahn Moore has moved up as the starter at tailback.
"Moore has had a very good week and so has (true freshman) Brandon James and Markus Manson," Meyer said. "Manson has done a nice job. We'll be ready to go (at tailback)."

Wilson will play

Redshirt freshman offensive guard Ronnie Wilson is scheduled to see his first playing time of the season, Meyer said.
Wilson fractured his ankle early in the preseason and returned to practice last week.
Meyer said Wilson has been working at both guard positions and will play against LSU.
"He's doing really well," Meyer said. "The same starting five will start, but Ronnie should play. He's doing great."

Gators pick up DB

UF has picked up an oral commitment from St. Augustine Nease cornerback Justin Grant.
Grant pledged to the Gators on Tuesday night. A transfer from Jacksonville Ribault, Grant has five interceptions this season and he's returned two for touchdowns.
Although Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Tennessee and others have shown an interest in Grant, his only scholarship offer to date is from Florida.

Degory staying in touch

Mike Degory, last year's starting center, is staying in touch with senior Steve Rissler, who replaced Degory this season in the middle of the offensive line.
"He's congratulated me. He tells me to keep working at it, keep your boys on the right page and just keep working," Rissler said. "I was close to Degory last year. We hung out a lot. He's a good guy. Any time I need anything from him I'd just call him up.
"(Hearing from him) means a lot, it really does."
Degory is coaching at his high school alma mater, Melbourne Palm Bay.

More Fayson

Meyer said there's a chance true freshman wide receiver Jarred Fayson will see the ball in Saturday's game.
Fayson played more than 20 plays in the Alabama game, but did not touch the ball.
"He played a bunch of plays last week. He and (true freshman tailback) Brandon James are more and more comfortable," Meyer said. "Fayson should be able to assist with some of the touches this week."
Contact Robbie Andreu at 374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com.

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