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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

UF free safety Kyle Jackson may have lost his starting spot.

After pulling Jackson during the first half of the Tennessee game last week, UF coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that he will make a game-time decision whether to start Jackson or freshman Major Wright against Mississippi on Saturday.

"They're both going with the [first team] right now," Meyer said.

Meyer spoke with Jackson on the phone Sunday night to voice his support for the safety despite his struggles.

Jackson told Meyer that he is too invested to give up.

"I just need to make that extra step on a tackle," Jackson said. "This week I'll be out there doing extra tackling and bringing that extra step. I've been playing football for too long, and I know I've got it."

INJURY UPDATE: Meyer said wide receiver Riley Cooper is probable for Saturday while offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey will be a game-time decision. Both suffered sprained ankles against Tennessee.

"Riley (was) gimping around a little bit today, but we expect him to go," Meyer said. "Maurkice is a game-time decision, I'm told, and I'm hoping it's going to work out."

If Pouncey is unable to play, Maurice Hurt is expected to take his spot in the lineup.

If Cooper can't play, David Nelson could see more field time.

Meyer said he has been extremely impressed with Nelson, particularly as a blocker.

"He just practiced his tail off," Meyer said. "Instead of worrying about things, he's just going out and going as hard as he can."

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