GAINESVILLE -- Cornerback Jeremy Brown has been cleared to play Saturday against Texas A&M, ending more than a year on the sidelines, coach Will Muschamp confirmed Wednesday.
“He looked really good moving around [Tuesday] and doing some things,” Muschamp said. “He will play in the game.”
Brown, who has dealt with multiple injuries in his time at Florida, missed significant time in fall camp with a wrist injury suffered in an offseason workout. A redshirt junior, Brown started 10 games at cornerback for the Gators in 2010 before missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury.
Muschamp said Brown’s return would be a huge help as UF plans to play mostly nickel and dime packages with coaches expecting Texas A&M to pass heavily Saturday. Although Brown hasn’t played in a game since 2010, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said he is counting on Brown contributing Saturday.
• After playing in all 13 games last season on special teams and at cornerback, sophomore Loucheiz Purifoy is transitioning to the wide receiver position.
Purifoy started the season opener at cornerback but missed two tackles on Bowling Green’s first scoring drive and was replaced by Jaylen Watkins. He played several snaps at receiver in the game as well, and Muschamp said that would continue.
• Freshman Brian Poole will not redshirt this season, Quinn said Wednesday. Poole will play both cornerback and safety this season.