In his short one year-plus in Gainesville, Jarred Fayson has been asked to do just about everything. Last year, he worked with the tailbacks and took snaps at quarterback. That role was extended to kick returns last Saturday, but this week, Fayson is back in his comfort zone.
had five returns for a total of 49 yards against Western Kentucky
for an average of 9.8 yards per return. It wasn't far off from Brandon James
' nearly 14 yards per return last season, but it was clear that James' job was not in jeopardy now that he's back from serving a one game suspension. And Fayson is glad to back at wide receiver.
"I returned in practice everyday, but of course when it comes to the game it's a little different," Fayson said. "I just went out there and tried to do what I was coached to do without any hesitation."
Head coach Urban Meyer
said he felt Fayson looked tentative while returning punts, and Fayson agrees with that assessment.
"He always says trust the hole, and I just didn't do that," Fayson said. "I made one too many moves. I didn't hit it like I was supposed to."
Fayson didn't just stand in for James on special teams, but he also backed up Kestahn Moore
at tailback. He carried three times for 21 yards.
Percy Harvin is still nursing some tendontis that sidelined him for part of fall camp. Meyer said he practiced off-and-on during Wednesday's workout, but also said that he will be fine for Saturday.
Still no word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on the status of freshman defensive tackle John Brown. Said Meyer. "We should be hearing something real soon. The feedback is real positive from what we're hearing now."
Sophomore cornerback Markihe Anderson continues to practice and will play on Saturday after spraining his right knee. But Markus Manson who left Tuesday's practice early has a sprained ankle and will have to sit out the match-up against Troy. Meyer said although Anderson practiced, he looked tentative.
Freshman offensive lineman James Wilson, who has yet to practice with the team, was running around, and Meyer expects him to be practicing next week.
Troy threw ball the 49 times in their 46-26 loss to Arkansas on Saturday. They run a spread offense similar to the Gators. Said Meyer, "It's a very nice scheme, and they have good personnel."