GAINESVILLE -- Coach Will Muschamp praised redshirt junior kicker Francisco Velez, and reiterated the walk-on would be No. 22 Floridas starting placekicker moving forward as long as Velez continues to produce in practice.
Im very proud of Frankie and the job he did coming in, giving us some consistency. Now hes got to continue to do it, week in and week out, Muschamp said. Well move forward with the guys that perform the best.
Velez was a perfect 2-of-2 on his first career attempts, drilling a 44-yarder in the 17-6 loss to LSU to give the Gators an early 3-0 lead. Later, he connected on a 27-yard kick.
UF has also used Austin Hardin and Brad Phillips for its place-kicking opportunities.
We kind of opened the competition the last two weeks and the numbers speak for themselves, Muschamp explained. This past week Frankies numbers were the best and so we gave him the opportunity. I told him on game day, Were going to kick you today, lets go and do a good job. And he did.
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Redshirt junior linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle) is questionable for Saturdays game at Missouri. Freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor is now listed as UFs second-string tailback on the depth chart. After going 4-0 on the road last season, Florida is just 1-2 away from The Swamp in 2013.