Friday Morning Practice Report

Zook says nothing has changed regarding Dickey's status. Also, the coach confirms Dingle has academic problems....

After a wild day of internet rumors, Florida coach Ron Zook squashed the notion that quarterback Gavin Dickey intends to transfer.

Following Friday morning's workout, which Dickey attended, Zook said he did discuss the idea of making the move to another school.

So despite some truth to the idea that Dickey has considered the jump, the redshirt freshman plans to remain at Florida for the time being.

"We talked a little yesterday," Zook said. "I told him, 'Take some time to think about it.' He knows what we think of him. He knows we love him. He knows we know he's a good football player that can play at the University of Florida."

Should Dickey to decide to transfer before Monday, he could use this year to sit out per NCAA rules and begin playing somewhere else next season.

At this point, Dickey appears to have fallen slightly behind Chris Leak and Ingle Martin in the race for the starting job.

"He's like everybody else. He gets involved in listening and reading and he wants to know. He wants to get himself ready to go. That's something he's been going through since the spring. It wears on everybody. It's wearing on you guys and you just write."

"Right now this week I would venture to guess that every one of those guys in that locker room has expressed those feelings. It's been a hard camp."

DINGLE DONE: As expected, defensive lineman Johnny Dingle likely will not participate this season because he was flagged by the NCAA Clearinghouse for academic reasons, Zook said Friday.

Zook couldn't elaborate because of NCAA rules, but he did say the Gators plan to have him reenrolled in January.

EASY MORNING: Florida participated in a light workout wearing helmets but no pads as Camp Zook draws to a close.

As is tradition at the end of camp, players swapped jerseys, causing some heads to turn at practice. Among the most bizarre switches, offensive lineman Max Starks somehow wiggled into wide receiver Kelvin Kight's jersey.

But Zook said that wasn't the most awkward jersey switch.

"The question is how did Mo Mitchell fit into [Channing] Crowder's?" Zook asked. "It looked like it was painted on him. He started to complain about being tight out there at practice."

Martin and Dickey also switched jerseys. Fortunately, no one asked Martin if he was considering a transfer.


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