Wednesday Practice Report

Zook has made the much awaited decision on who will start at quarterback. Now, it's just a matter of finding out the answer....

You've been waiting for it all summer. Craving it. Discussing it. Questioning every aspect of it.

And finally, the decision has been made. Coach Ron Zook knows who will start at quarterback.

Are you ready? Sorry. You'll have to wait.

"We've decided, but we're not really going to talk about the direction that we're going," Zook said. "We're going to keep it under the hat until we come out on Saturday."

So there you have it. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Gators will finally have a starting quarterback.

During Wednesday's Southeastern Conference Teleconference, Zook actually offered up some rare individual praise for freshman Chris Leak.

While it may not have any relevance to the starting gig, Zook did reiterate he wouldn't have a problem starting a true freshman.

"Leak has been excellent," he said. "The guy has an unbelievable work ethic. He's studied. He's competed. He's improved vastly and really has a great, great grasp of the offense."

HARRIS PRACTICES: Despite his indefinite suspension, defensive end Steven Harris returned to practice after missing workouts all summer.

Harris will go on trial for felony battery no earlier than Sept. 8.

"He's obviously suspended but he's out here practicing until we find out what happens," Zook said.

MORE STARTERS NAMED: Mike Woodford, who coaches special teams and the defensive backs, said Wednesday two major battles have been settled.

Punter Eric Wilbur and cornerback Johnny Lamar have edged out the competition and will start against San Jose State.

As for Lamar, the senior walkon has been engaged in a tight race with Matt Jackson and Reynaldo Hill. In Sunday's depth chart, the top spot was narrowed down to Jackson and Lamar, but Lamar won out.

"Johnny has been playing longer," Woodford said. "We just got matt in the spring. Johnny just has a little bit better feel for it back there. They're pretty even. They really are. They could both handle playing the position."

WEBB INJURES ANKLE: Freshman cornerback Dee Webb injured his ankle and is questionable for Saturday's game. He was wearing a small cast Wednesday after injuring it in one-on-one drills.

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