GAINESVILLE -- Freshman Dante Fowler, who has been working at the Buck linebacker spot in the absence of injured starter Ronald Powell, received all the reps at the position during Saturdays open practice after backup Lerentee McCray tweaked his hamstring in Fridays scrimmage.
While coach Will Muschamp wants Fowler to shed some weight, hes also concerned with how Fowler and other freshmen will handle the start of classes on Wednesday.
You dont know when school starts and youre game planning and there is 9,000 things going on, how well they are going to be able to focus, he said. Thats where sometimes youll see a freshman hit the wall, and it all hits them.
Muschamp also mentioned freshman defensive end Jonathan Bullard as a player who has taken some steps forward.
Freshman offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, a five-star recruit and the expected backup at left tackle, will miss two to three weeks with an MCL injury, Muschamp said Saturday. Freshman safety Marcus Maye (meniscus) experienced swelling and soreness after practicing Friday and will be out indefinitely. McCray (hamstring), tight end Jordan Reed (MCL) and linebacker Mike Taylor (shoulder) are expected back at practice Monday.