Wednesday Practice Report

Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason won't be included in the ground attack against Ole Miss. Zook was vague when discussing the reasons....

Without discussing details, Florida coach Ron Zook said TB Ciatrick Fason will not be part of the tailbacks rotation for the second consecutive week.

Fason, who previously made up the final leg of a three-tailback rotation, wasn't used against Kentucky because he isn't as fine-tuned at pass protecting as Ran Carthon and DeShawn Wynn, Zook said.

Against Ole Miss, though, his limitations are based on something else. Zook wouldn't elaborate.

"There's just some other things," said Zook, who confirmed Fason has not been suspended.

When asked if it was for disciplinary reasons, Zook said: "Sort of, yeah, a little bit. But he's fine. Don't get me wrong. He's put a lot of money in the bank with me. He's got a lot of interest."

Against Florida A&M, the sophomore rushed 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Zook did say he plans on letting tailback Jimtavis Walker see action Saturday.

"He's worked hard, and it's his turn to see some time," Zook said.


The start of senior Bobby McCray's season may not have gone as he initially planned, but the defensive end says he's back. And he's ready to live up to his preseason hype.

Hampered by a turf toe, McCray hadn't recorded a sack in the first three games of the season.

"I couldn't push off the way I wanted to," he said. "I'm still only working on one side of the line. I'm not able t work off of the left side, and I'm basically only playing one ends spot."

In the last two games, however, the senior has picked up four sacks, earning the instant praise of coaches.

"The last two weeks, we've begun to see what we thought all along that Bobby McCray was capable of doing," Zook said. "It's going to be important that he continues to do that."

During a team meeting, while Zook was showing game tape of Johnny Lamar's fourth-quarter interception against Kentucky, the coach pointed out to his players that McCray's blocking played a vital role in the Lamar's success.

"Bobby got two blocks that sprung Johnny down [to the one-yard line]," Zook said. "He's not only rushing the passer, but he's playing and leading. He's getting better and better."


True freshman DL Michael Hill, who hasn't practiced since arriving in Gainesville because of a heart condition, continues to make progress in his recovery. While he'll use his redshirt this season, Zook said he was pleased to see he was doing better. "He set a new record for himself in terms of what he's done [working out Wednesday]," Zook said. "He's on his way back."…. OT Max Starks, who was hampered by a sprained ankle last week, said he has returned to 100 percent. "I tweaked it in the Tennessee game, and they kept me out of practice last week," Starks said. "This week I feel fine."

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