Notebook: Preseason coming to an end

Florida running back Omarius Hines (20) called the Gators final scrimmage “huge" because he and his teammates have to unify now.

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Published: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:29 p.m.

Today marks the end of training camp for the Gators. The fall semester starts on Wednesday and then the team begins preparation for Bowling Green on Thursday.

Florida will scrimmage one last time today and UF coach Will Muschamp said he will put his players through a gameday-like routine.

Starting center Jonotthan Harrison said the scrimmage has to be taken seriously.

“If we come out with a gameday mindset, that's just helping us become a successful team,” said the redshirt junior. “I just feel like that helps us get in the mindset of the first game (being) right around the corner. It's time to do work.”

Now that the grind of preseason is over, redshirt senior running back Omarius Hines called this final scrimmage “huge” because he and his teammates have to unify now.

“We build our chemistry right here, through this scrimmage,” Hines said. “Even though we're tired and it's been a long camp, this is where our team comes together and builds on what we've got.”

Floyd hits lotto

After spending his sophomore season out of position at defensive end, Sharrif Floyd is ready to return to the spot that made him a five-star recruit coming out of high school and an impact player as a freshman.

“It feels great,” Floyd said of playing defensive tackle again. “It's like winning the lottery. I'm happy to be back where I'm comfortable at.”

Floyd's journey back home started in December of 2011. After Dominique Easley tore his ACL in the loss to FSU, the coaches slid Floyd inside for the bowl game against Ohio State and decided to make it a permanent move.

Floyd said the 15 bowl practices helped him make the transition.

“That was basically the start of me playing back at D-tackle,” said Floyd, who recorded 1.5 sacks in the 24-17 win over the Buckeyes. “So it felt good to get my feet wet again and that was just the jumpstart.”

Correspondent Zach Abolverdi contributed to this report.

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