"There are certain ones you get close to," Urban Meyer said after Wednesday's practice. "Last year was an unbelievable one. I get awful close to these players and it can get emotional."
"Derrick Baldry, Moise Paul, Clint McMillan, Carlton Medder, Drew Miller and Andre Caldwell will all receive degrees in December.
"I didn't think I would still be here," wide receiver Andre Caldwell said. "I'm going to walk."
Haden still questionable
Cornerback Joe Haden is still questionable for Saturday's game. The true freshman suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday against Florida Atlantic.
"He didn't do a lot, but he ran around a little bit," Meyer said. "It's only Wednesday, so we're still holding out hope."
Without Haden in the lineup, the Gators are even more susceptible on pass defense. Florida ranks dead last in the SEC allowing 254.5 yards per game. In addition to Wondy Pierre-Louis, Markihe Anderson and Jacques Rickerson are expected to step into Haden's role should he not be able to go. Meyer has also indicated that true freshman Moses Jenkins could see action.
Percy Harvin is still doing well after missing a week and a half of practice and the last two games. Both Michael and Maurkice Pouncey have bounced back this week from minor injuries and are expected to play. Defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh, however, is still questionable.
Future of the backfield
The future of the Gator backfield looks bright for the upcoming years. UF averages close to 200 yards a game on the ground, but most of those yards come from quarterback Tim Tebow or Harvin. But Meyer said true freshman Chris Rainey is recovering well from shoulder surgery, and Mon Williams is also doing well after knee surgery.
"He's practicing," Meyer said. "He's not in full contact, but he's doing good. Chris Rainey is doing well, too. He's had a good rehab. We're going to have some firepower out there."
USC transfer Emmanuel Moody also has caught Meyer's interest.
"He's very quick," Meyer said. "He's slashing. He's done a nice job since he got here. He had elbow surgery, so he hasn't done much since though."
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