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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

UF sophomore Brandon James saves his best moves for Tennessee week.

For the second-straight season, he reeled off a dazzling 83-yard return to the end zone against the Volunteers.

This time, however, it wasn?t negated by a block in the back.

The Southeastern Conference named James its special teams player of the week for his performance against Tennessee on Saturday.

James? day included his first touchdown of the season among 193 total return yards, helping UF to a 59-20 blowout win.

At 5-foot-6, James? small stature helps him avoid tacklers.

It also fuels his play.

BPretty much every time I put on a helmet and shoulder pads, I feel like I have something to prove,C James said. BJust with me being my size and everything, a lot of doubters.C

After an impressive freshman season, James was arrested on marijuana charges during the summer and was held out as a healthy inactive in UF?s season opener.

BAfter the summer I had, I feel like I had to come out and prove myself all over again,C James said.

INJURY UPDATE: Cornerback Markihe Anderson has a PCL injury and is doubtful for the Mississippi game.

Meyer said the injury is rare, and that players can sometimes play through the injury.

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Riley Cooper, who started in place of injured receiver Andre Caldwell and caught a touchdown last week, suffered a sprained ankle against Tennessee and did not practice Monday.

Freshman guard Maurkice Pouncey went down with a low-ankle sprain against Tennessee and is day-to-day.

Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine, who practiced with the starting defensive unit last week, was held out of the Tennessee game with a hyperextended elbow, but should be able to play this week.

ROOMATE QUASHES RUMOR: Major Wright denied an Internet report that his roommate, freshman wide receiver Deonte Thompson, was considering transferring from UF to Miami.

Thompson is unavailable to talk to the media because he has not played in a game this season.

CHAMPIONS CLUB: Every starting defensive player except Brandon Spikes and Kyle Jackson earned Champions Club recognition from UF coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer said freshman Major Wright outperformed Jackson at free safety, and the starter would be determined on a week-to-week basis.

Meyer named Dustin Doe his player of the game on defense.

Doe?s 18-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown started a string of 31-straight points for UF to end the game.

Scattered among the usual suspects on offense was redshirt sophomore wide receiver David Nelson, who saw action in 30 plays and caught his first pass against a Southeastern Conference team.

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