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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

UF coach Urban Meyer didn't say how long offensive lineman Phil Trautwein will be out after sustaining a stress fracture in his foot, but he did confirm that the senior won't play Saturday against Western Kentucky or next week against Troy.

"After that, I know about as much as you do," Meyer said.

Sophomore cornerback Markihe Anderson, who also won?t play Saturday, has about an "80 to 85 percent chance" to play against Troy, Meyer said.

Despite the injuries, the coach said the team is ready to go. He was pleased with the team?s performance in practice this week.

"I'm really anxious to see some of these young cats play," Meyer said. "Major Wright is a guy off the top of my head.

"And those corners - there is some young talent, and I am really looking forward to seeing them play."

FIRST GAME: Several players will be making their UF debuts Saturday. Meyer talked Thursday about his first game at The Swamp.

"I loved it," Meyer said of running out of the tunnel for his first game as Gators coach. "As a coach, though, you just go right to the sideline and wonder what the first play call is to be."

"The first time I really, really noticed the crowd was when we blocked the field goal against Tennessee (in 2005). I thought, 'Holy cow, this is the loudest place I've ever heard.'"

MOODY: Transfer running back Emmanuel Moody has not practiced with the team yet, but he has been attending practice. Meyer said Moody, who has started classes at UF, will practice once he passes a physical.

Due to NCAA rules, Moody must sit out this season, but he does not lose a year of eligibility.

"We're glad to have him," Meyer said. "I think he's a very high-character guy. He's a decent student. The one thing is, that's it. It's not like he can pick up and go again somewhere. He's got three years. He has ambition. He either does it or he doesn?t do it. It's up to him now."

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