Yeguete disappointed but ready for season

Florida senior forward Will Yeguete will miss most of pre-season practice leading up to the 2013-2014 season as he recovers from a knee injury. Highly disappointed in having to miss more time on the court, Yeguete has been used to the setbacks in his first three years on campus. But, he's ready for his senior year.

"I am a little disappointed, I can't do contact obviously," Will Yeguete told the media in attendance Wednesday at the Florida media day. "It is a long process, so I am just taking it one day at a time."

The surgery is done and it is just a matter of getting back to premium health and not chancing another injury.

"I have to work on getting the strength back in my leg," he said. "It feels better, I started running and cutting. I don't think I am ready for contact yet. I am getting better every week."

Fortunately, it appears Yeguete will be in the lineup when the gators face their first foe on November 1.

"I should be ready by the season," he said. "If I keep working as hard as I am working now I should be ready. The doctor told me and I am feeling pretty good. Hopefully I don't have any setbacks."

He is able to practice a little but has to sit out what they call "contact" periods. It still is something he wishes he was done with.

"It is frustrating," he said. I am able to run around and do non-contact. I am trying not to think about it when I play. It is in the back of my head but I am trying to forget about it, move on and just have fun."

The Gators have some promising depth in the front court this year after a very thin front court a year ago. Along with Yeguete and senior center / forward Patric Young and junior Casey Prather, the Gators have added two transfer forwards in Damontre Harris from South Carolina and Dorian Finney-Smith from Virginia Tech.

Despite the added depth, Yeguete is a big part of the Gators plans this year and they need him healthy.

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