Wednesday Practice Report

Gators practice with artificial crowd noise to prepare for Orange Bowl's hostile environment. Plus, get the latest injury updates....

The Orange Bowl may be filled with more Gators fans than usual for a road game, but Florida isn't taking any chances preparing for the hostile atmosphere in Miami.

Coach Ron Zook decided to use a speaker system, pumping in artificial crowd noise to help acclimate his young squad.

While former coach Steve Spurrier didn't believe in the practice, Zook has been preparing for big games in such a fashion since he arrived last season.

"I think it helped us last year," Zook said. "When you go into a hostile environment, just for making all the calls and signals when they can't hear, I think it's important."

INJURY UPDATE: CB Dee Webb (sprained ankle) remains questionable for Saturday's game.

"He's going to be close," Zook said. "He didn't play too many plays [Wednesday]. That bothered me a little bit. If he can play enough [Thursday], he could be close."

OL Jonathan Colon (knee), OL Anthony Guerrero (knee), CB Tremaine McCollum (dislocated elbow) and S Jarvis Herring (dislocated elbow) will all be sidelined Saturday. McCollum and Herring likely will miss two-to-four weeks.

WAITING TO BREAK OUT: As a result of his highly hyped preseason, defenders may have picked up on wide receiver Dallas Baker more than he expected in his Florida debut.

The sophomore had two catches for 31 yards against San Jose State – far less than expected from the future star.

"It's no big deal for me about the receiving corps," Baker said. "That helps more than anything because if you're the only receiver on your team, a team can just double-team or triple-team you and doesn't have to worry about anything. They have to play us all."

Considering Baker's path to Florida – including a year spent at a Massachusetts prep school because of academic problems – Baker doesn't mind the slow start.

In fact, not starting isn't a problem to him either.

"I wasn't disappointed that I didn't start," Baker said. "The best men started. I was so excited it was my first game. I was thinking, ‘Wow, I finally made it here.' From running out of the tunnel I couldn't hear anything. I was so excited I was looking at all the people. Starting wasn't a factor. I wouldn't have cared if I didn't play until the last seconds of the game."

PREPARING FOR THEIR DEBUTS: Missing his season opener because of a suspension isn't the way linebacker Taurean Charles wanted to start his career at Florida.

But the alternative isn't all that bad. Charles will play his first game in his hometown as the former Miami-Northwestern High standout should see substantial playing time on the inside behind Reid Fleming.

Channing Crowder, who also served a suspension for a separate incident, will also make his debut. Crowder was a projected starter before the suspension.

"They give you two athletic guys who are excited and will bring more energy," Zook said.

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