UF's Purifoy will stay in dual role

Florida's Loucheiz Purifoy will play at wide receiver and defensive back this upcoming season.

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Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.

Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, who spent the first seven spring practices exclusively at wide receiver, is going to be a full-time defensive player for the first 12 practices in fall camp in August.

UF coach Will Muschamp revealed the plan for Purifoy on Wednesday's SEC coaches' spring teleconference.

Muschamp said he wants to give the Gators' young wide receivers a chance to develop early in camp, and that would be hard to do if Purifoy is getting reps at wideout.

“I want to see these young wideouts develop, see where they are through the first 12 practices,” Muschamp said. “You're not going to find that out if you play (Purifoy) on offense.”

Muschamp, however, did say the coaches still plan to have a package of offensive plays for Purifoy this season.

“He's going to play (wide receiver). The decision on how much will be based on those first 12 to 14 practices,” Muschamp said. “It will depend on how we develop at the position (of wide receiver).”

Muschamp said he is currently going through one-on-one interviews with players. He said no players plan to leave or transfer yet, but he is still meeting with players.

“No one up until this time,” Muschamp said. “We're still working through the situation with (offensive guard) Jessamen Dunker. We may know something on that maybe in the next couple days.”

Dunker is facing a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle after he was arrested for driving a stolen scooter on campus in January.

Huntley Johnson, Dunker's attorney, said Wednesday that Dunker's case is still under investigation by the State Attorney's Office and he did not expect a resolution this week.

“It's not going to be resolved on my end in a day or two,” Johnson said. “Maybe a week or two.”

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