Notebook: Janoris Jenkins will play vs. FSU, Meyer says
Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 11:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 3:36 p.m.
Standout Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who sustained a concussion in the Gators' victory over Appalachian State last week, will play in Saturday's game at Florida State, UF coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.
"Janoris will be ready to play," Meyer said.
Jenkins was limited in practice Tuesday, but was scheduled to participate full-time in Wednesday's session.
Some other injured players also will be available for Saturday's game, including starting outside linebacker A.J. Jones (hamstring) and starting cornerback Jeremy Brown (hamstring).
"A.J. looks like he's ready to play," Meyer said. "Jeremy Brown should be ready to play. He's going to practice today. Positive news there."
Meyer said redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Debose (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game. Place-kicker Caleb Sturgis (back) is out. UF is attempting to gain a medical hardship for Sturgis.
Meyer announced offensive tackle Matt Patchan has undergone surgery on his wrist. He is out for the season.
"He had surgery on his wrist and that was all positive," Meyer said. "We hope to get him back near spring ball."
Also, star center Mike Pouncey left Tuesday's practice early, but Meyer said he is OK.
"He was just light-headed, and it really wasn't from contact," Meyer said. "I wonder if it was from the game or something, but he should be fine."
Deonte coming along
Although his past problem of dropping passes has cropped up again this season, junior wide receiver Deonte Thompson is improving, Meyer said.
"I've seen a similar problem (with drops), but I have seen him progress," Meyer said. "This is the first year he's really started, and he's progressed, maybe not at a pace we would like, or he would like, but he's a hard-working guy and he'll get better and better."
Thompson had a career day (with no drops) against Appalachian State, catching six passes for 100 yards. It was his first 100-yard receiving game as a Gator. On a 44-yard reception, Thompson made a nice adjustment and catch.
Even though he's had some drops, Thompson leads the Gators in receiving this season with 36 catches for 548 yards.
Hammond closing in
It appears sophomore wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. is getting closer to going back on scholarship. His scholarship was taken away this summer after his DUI arrest. If he meets certain conditions, his scholarship will be restored.
"I'm evaluating everything he's doing, and that includes his unselfish contribution to this team, his academic reports and his off-the-field behavior," Meyer said. "He's doing very well."
Meyer said there still is no timetable for when he will put Hammond back on scholarship.
Hammond has been one of UF's most consistent offensive performers coming down the stretch, with eight receptions in the last three games. He's also emerged as perhaps the best down-field blocker among the wide receivers.