Secondary Concerns

The Florida Gators already have enough problems in the secondary dealing with youth and inexperience, but they just suffered another bad break. Cornerback Markus Manson was carted off the practice field towards the end of Tuesday's workout.

"It's a sprained ankle," head coach Urban Meyer said. "The extent, I don't know yet."

Manson didn't see any action in the Gator secondary during the season opener against Western Kentucky, but if the injury should keep the junior out on Saturday, it will add to an already thin group. Sophomore Markihe Anderson is practicing again, but is still nursing a sprained knee after not suiting up on Saturday. Meyer, however, expects him to play some against Troy.

"He's not game ready, but it's only Tuesday," Meyer said. "He's going to play, not much, but we'll see."

Jackson at safety

Senior Kyle Jackson split time on Saturday with true freshman Major Wright, but safeties coach Doc Holliday said the starting job is still Jackson's.

"Kyle's the guy right now," Holliday said. "He's just got to keep working hard and hang onto that job."

Holliday said Jackson is not the type of player that will let the starting job slip away.

"Kyle is a competitor and he wants to play," Holliday said. "The bottom line is if Kyle is the best player there, he'll play there. He's going to have a hard time giving that job up."

Welcome back

Both Brandon James and Lawrence Marsh did not suit up for Saturday's season opener, but both will be utilized this week. James will not only return to his role as kick returner, but Meyer also said he will get some carries in the backfield.

And, defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh has seen some work on the line this week as the Gators look to bolster their interior d-line production.

"We pulled some guys in there," Meyer said. "We had Marsh and Torrey Davis, but it still hasn't been set yet."

Silent calls

The Gators worked on their silent cadence on Tuesday, but Meyer said the execution wasn't quite there. He'd like to work on it during Saturday's matchup with Troy, but if the offense isn't running it smoothly, he'll wait another week.

"If it's not clean we're not going with it," Meyer said. "It's much different when we had to play at Tennessee last year. The team we're playing, Troy, is good. We're not going to screw around with this if it's not ready by tomorrow."

Meyer said he would never be satisfied with where his team is at during this stage of the season, and this year's team is no different.

"I'd like the team to be a little more advanced than we are," Meyer said. "You're never where you want to be after week one."

"On offense we didn't have very much rhythm," he added. "On defense, we're going against a team that throws the ball 51 times a game, so we're doing some different stuff. The execution just wasn't very good. The attitude is fine. We have to have a much better day tomorrow."

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