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Saturday, December 09, 2023

The Gators' second game of the season against Troy will be made available live via pay-per-view on Sept. 8, UF and SunSports announced Tuesday.

Because the match was not picked up by ESPN, CBS or Lincoln Financial Sports, the game can only be aired on a statewide basis through pay-per-view. Fans can still catch the game Sunday morning and again Tuesday at 11 p.m. on SunSports.

INJURY UPDATE: Coach Urban Meyer said he is almost positive sophomore cornerback Markihe Anderson will miss UF's season opener against Western Kentucky.

Anderson sprained his right knee Saturday at practice, and it looks like fellow sophomore Wondy Pierre-Louis will start in his place.

Meyer said there is still a chance Anderson will be ready for the game against Troy and that UF will know more today about his situation.

"I'm tempted (to rest Anderson if he is not 100 percent), but I'm more if he can go, he'll go," Meyer said. "We won't let him play if he's going to play corner limping around."

Meanwhile, Mon Williams is still out for the season after suffering an ACL injury in the spring, but it seems the running back is making some progress.

"He's not full go, but he's doing some individual stuff," Meyer said.

Williams was expected to contend for the starting tailback position this season to replace DeShawn Wynn, who is currently trying to keep his spot on the Green Bay Packers' roster.

KICK RETURNS: Sophomore Jarred Fayson and junior Kestahn Moore will be the starting kick returners Saturday, Meyer said.

UF's unofficial depth chart lists Fayson and freshman Chris Rainey as the returners.

Even though there is a discrepancy, both fail to mention sophomore running back Brandon James, the Gators' leading punt and kick returner last season.

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James pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge earlier this month after he and former UF basketball guard Brandon Powell were arrested in a reverse-sting operation.

Meyer has refused to comment publicly on the situation, and it has only been rumored that James would miss the season's first game.

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