UF notebook

Many injured Gators expected to return Saturday

 
 
Florida running back Valdez Showers (10) is brought down by Miami linebacker Alex Figueroa (36) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 7, 2013.
Florida running back Valdez Showers (10) is brought down by Miami linebacker Alex Figueroa (36) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 7, 2013.
Alan Diaz / AP

Miami Herald Writer

Aside from a pair of dinged-up tight ends, the No. 18 Gators are no longer the walking wounded.

Backups Colin Thompson (foot) and Kent Taylor (ankle) are out against Arkansas, but coach Will Muschamp said, “other than that, we should be good to go.”

Hybrid tailback Valdez Showers (ankle) and starting cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) are expected to play after both missed Florida’s previous two games.

Roberson participated in pregame warm-ups against Kentucky, telling Muschamp he wasn’t 100 percent, but could play. Muschamp opted to rest the defensive back an additional week for precautionary reasons.

“Marcus is a team guy. He’ll do anything for the team, but I just didn’t feel comfortable putting him in that situation,” Muschamp said. “He and I talked after he came off the field. I said, ‘Let’s ice you down and get ready for next week.’ ”

Freshman raves

Freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week for his performance in Florida’s 24-7 over Kentucky. Hargreaves picked off his third pass of the season and is tied for the league lead.

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