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Florida Gators receiver Demarcus Robinson shines during open practice


Miami Herald Writer


On a beautiful Thursday evening, more than 1,000 fans came out to watch Florida’s first open practice of training camp.

Freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson starred in the practice, as did defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., quarterback Jeff Driskel and freshman safety Keanu Neal. Robinson made multiple highlight catches, including a stunning one-handed grab over first-team cornerback Marcus Roberson.

“He’s just got instincts in running routes,” coach Will Muschamp said. “He’s been pretty consistently making some vertical plays for us down the field.”


Freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III missed Thursday’s practice with a sprained shoulder. According to Muschamp, Hargreaves sprained his shoulder during Wednesday’s practice and won’t be cleared for about a week.

Muschamp said tailback Matt Jones (viral infection) is improving, but there’s no timetable for his return.Offensive guard Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) and defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (patella) should be cleared by game week (Aug. 25). First-team fullback Hunter Joyer (hamstring) remains out, while offensive lineman Octavius Jackson (shoulder), linebacker Alex McCalister (shoulder), offensive lineman Quinteze Williams (illness) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (foot) are all “day-to-day.”

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