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UF tailback Jordan Cronkrite must sit out half a game for blindside block

Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite (32) and the rest of the team run onto the field before a game against Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite (32) and the rest of the team run onto the field before a game against Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. AP

During the third quarter of Florida’s rout over Georgia, freshman tailback Jordan Cronkrite was ejected for targeting on a blindside block.

The former Westminster Christian standout didn’t launch his body, but he hit a defenseless player and made brief contact with the player’s helmet. Cronkrite must sit out the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

“First and foremost, it’s a great rule,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “It’s helped, I think, the game in a positive way. You can see less and less of them. That first year, it was like it was an epidemic. Guys are learning how to teach the rules and fundamentals of the game.

“In that case, defenseless player, our guy was hustling, their guy was hustling and he hit him a little high. It wasn’t malicious, but it’s the rule. I look at it as a teachable moment.”

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Florida’s Nov. 14 game against South Carolina is set for a noon kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2. … Senior middle linebacker Antonio Morrison was awarded the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the win over UGA. Morrison leads UF in tackles with 60, including 7.0 TFL, and was recently named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, an honor going to the nation’s top linebacker. … Defensive tackle Jon Bullard and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III were named semifinalists for the Badnarik Award, honoring the nation’s most outstanding defensive player.

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