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Florida Gators’ Jon Halapio battling through injuries


Miami Herald Writer

Gators right guard Jon Halapio — a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection — is playing with an “80 percent tear” in his pectoral, he said Wednesday.

Halapio missed UF’s first two games after injuring himself during a weightlifting session before training camp in August.

The senior started against Tennessee and Kentucky, but also is battling back, shoulder and eye injuries.

Although teammates — especially center Jon Harrison — are amazed at Halapio’s weight-room workouts, the right guard has altered his routine because of his injuries.

Hardin jealous

Florida kicker Austin Hardin was green with envy last Saturday night.

Hardin, a redshirt freshman, could only dream when he watched Kentucky kicker Joe Monsour scamper 25 yards for a touchdown on a fake field goal in the first quarter of UF’s 24-7 win in Lexington.

“I was pretty jealous of him, I’m not gonna lie. Every kicker wants to go run a touchdown,” he said. “We actually, it was funny, I think it was during halftime or after the game all the kickers went up to him and congratulated him and were like, ‘Man, you just lived out our dream.’ I thought that they caught us in something, I thought they executed pretty well, and it was cool to see a kicker score a touchdown.”

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