Notebook: Torrey Davis to miss opener

Florida defensive lineman Torrey Davis causes Western Kentucky quarterback K.J. Black to fumble on Sept. 1, 2007.

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Published: Monday, August 11, 2008 at 7:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 at 7:23 p.m.

Troubled defensive tackle Torrey Davis remains in limbo and there is no timetable for his possible return to the team. Meyer said Monday that Davis definitely will not play in the Aug. 30 opener against Hawaii.

“We’re going with the guys who are going to play in that first game,” Meyer said. “He’s got to take some care of some business, that’s as far as I want to go with that right now. (It’s) a multitude of things.”

Lawrence back to WR

The experiment is over for T.J. Lawrence. After practicing at free safety for a week, the true freshman from Lakeland Kathleen has been moved back to wide receiver. Lawrence agreed to give defense a try because of the lack of bodies at the safety positions.

Even though Lawrence played in the secondary in high school, he was recruited by UF (and other schools) as a wide receiver.

"We just felt like he was a little far away to help us there," UF defensive back coach Chuck Heater said after practice Monday night.

The latest wide receiver to get a look in the secondary is redshirt sophomore Justin Williams, who moved to free safety over the weekend.

Jones, Hicks competing

Two of the three starters at linebacker are set, with Brandon Spikes in the middle and Dustin Doe at one outside position. The other starting job is up for grabs between A.J. Jones and Brandon Hicks, who came on strong last spring.

“Those two are in a battle,” Meyer said.

No No. 1 kicker yet

After kicking a 60-yard field goal in the Orange and Blue game, many were assuming that true freshman Caleb Sturgis was a lock to be the starting kicker. It hasn’t happened yet. Meyer said senior Jonathan Phillips is still in the hunt for the job.

“It’s a battle,” Meyer said. “The other guy (Phillips) is doing good, too. We have a good, solid battle at place-kicker right now.”

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