Notebook: Nothing set at kicker just yet

Florida's Brad Phillips (97) and Austin Hardin are interviewed during UF Football Media Day at the Touchdown Terrace on Thursday.

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Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:07 a.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp would like to settle on a starting placekicker early and stick with him. But, based on his comments Friday, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

“I'd like for one guy to go take the job. There's no question,” Muschamp said. “But also we need production at the position and I don't view that position different than any other position from a standpoint of if you're not getting the production you need to take a look somewhere else. Certainly I would love to have one guy step forward and take control of the job.”

Senior walk-on Brad Phillips and redshirt freshman Austin Hardin have been in a dead-heat for the job since last spring. Both continue to struggle with consistency.

Muschamp was asked if both are fairly accurate on short kicks.

“At times,” he said.

Robinson will have a role

Muschamp said true freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, an early enrollee, is going to play a role in the passing game this season.

“I think he's a guy that athletically certainly can help us,” Muschamp said. “But again, how quickly can he continue to progress mentally with the game. Can he play multiple positions? Do you need to leave him in one spot, which is probably what we'll end up doing.

“So far we've been very pleased, but again that's something with a young player and you haven't ever been through a fall before with him it's hard to ever project those things. I've been in situations where it's worked tremendously for you and I've been in some situations where it didn't work as well. But I'm very pleased with where we are right now (with Robinson). I certainly am.”

Early PT for Hargreaves?

It's way too early to start forming opinions on the true freshmen who were not early enrollees. But one, five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, already has made an impression on Muschamp.

“He's mature, he understands the game, very cerebral in his approach,” Muschamp said. “But a guy that we feel like can slide inside and play nickel. He's got the physicality to play inside.

“He's got good run instincts. He's a good blitzer. He's got good ball skills down the field, and he's got outstanding man coverage ability. He'll have every opportunity in the world to play early.”

This and that

Senior offensive lineman Kyle Koehne missed Friday's practice to attend a funeral in Indiana. He will return today. … Is this the season senior wide receiver Andre Debose breaks out? Muschamp seems optimistic. Muschamp said Friday that Debose is competing for a starting role at wide receiver. “I think Andre, based on the off‑season, he had a really good spring. He didn't miss a practice in the spring. Again, I'm excited about him going into his senior year and understanding what he has at stake. Some guys mature later than others,” Muschamp said. “He's definitely in the mix for (a starting role). I think again, I saw him in one-on-one make some nice plays. In skeleton, make some nice plays. We need him to play well.”

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