Notebook: Robinson on the mend
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.
Florida's hope of getting significant early playing time from true freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has taken a significant hit.
The early enrollee is in a walking boot with a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss at least all of this week.
“Probably next week (he'll be able to return), I hope. I'm not real sure,” Florida coach Muschamp said. “He's in a walking boot right now to stabilize that.”
Robinson has plenty of company on the injury list.
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard (hamstring), linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle) and cornerback/safety Cody Riggs (hamstring) also have been sidelined.
Muschamp said Bullard and Ball are day-to-day, while he's hoping Riggs can return Saturday.
“We've got some guys banged up,” Muschamp said. “Normal thing in the spring.”
Purifoy back on defense
Following the pre-spring script, junior Loucheiz Purifoy moved back to cornerback from wide receiver Monday, the eighth practice of drills.
“He did, he went to defense and he took some snaps on offense in skeleton,” Muschamp said. “We had a move-the-ball period, and he probably took about the first eight snaps on offense. Other than that, he was exclusively on defense.
“I think he's an explosive guy, catches the ball well. He's got good ball skills, good vertical speed. He plays the game fast. I don't know what his time is in the 40, but when you get on the field, he plays fast. You notice him on the field.”
Muschamp following UF hoops
After watching the UF basketball team beat Northwestern State and Minnesota over the weekend to advance to the Sweet 16, Muschamp offered high praise for the job Billy Donovan has done.
“Billy Donovan is as good a college coach, not just a basketball coach, as there is in the nation,” Muschamp said. “He's put Florida to an elite status in college basketball, which it never was before.
“The job he's done at Florida is really remarkable. Certainly, a great guy. The thing you like about Billy, is Billy is who he is. Not any different than the first time you meet him. He's been a very good friend of mine since I've been in Gainesville.”
Driskel coming on
Muschamp said he's been pleased with the overall progress of quarterback Jeff Driskel this spring.
“Yeah, (he's made progress),” he said. “Yesterday, he made some really nice throws. He hit on a sail route to Quinton (Dunbar) and an over route to Loucheiz. I'm very pleased with where we are in the throwing game.
“We still have to take care of the ball a little bit better in some situations. I was very pleased walking off the practice field with the progress of what we did.”
Former players streaming back
Muschamp said it's been uplifting seeing so many former UF players coming back this spring to spend time with the coaching staff and players.
“Shane Matthews was here Saturday,” Muschamp said. “Todd Johnson, who's coaching down in Sarasota, Jerry Odom was in, Nick Schiralli. James Bates, Riley Cooper, Brandon Siler. Obviously, the guys in school. Brian Schottenheimer was in. He's with the Rams looking at some of our guys.
“Steve Tannen is now back in town and I'm seeing him at practice. Mike Peterson, Carlos Dunlap, Percy Harvin, Willie Jackson, Reggie McGrew. … these guys have been to practice or pro day.
“It's always good to have the former Gators back and being part of our program and talking to our players and mentoring them as we move forward.”
Player network growing
More than 100 former players are expected to reunite for the Florida Players Network next week as part of the Orange and Blue Debut week on April 4-6.
Now in its second year, FPN's goal is to unite former UF football players to support each other during and after their football careers.
FPN will host several events next week, including a pre-game tailgate party, a flag football game before the spring game and two fundraising events that are open to the public — The Gator Greats Golf Tournament on Friday and the Blue Carpet Extravaganza on Friday night at the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
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