"We wanted to integrate them faster this year," Urban Meyer said. "It was a staff decision, so we brought them in seven periods early, taught them how to practice and some drills and then had them jump right in."
One freshman is still not taking part in fall camp. Adrian Bushell is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse, but Meyer said it shouldn't be too much longer.
"We should have it cleared up in a couple of days," Meyer said.
Bushell is a 5-10, 183-pound cornerback from DeSoto (Texas) High School.
Several Gators are coming off injuries or offseason surgeries, and Meyer is being very cautious not to rush anyone back. Percy Harvin is probably the biggest impact player and ran yesterday as he's still rehabbing from heel surgery in the spring. Harvin did just some light running today.
"We're being real cautious," Meyer said. "I've just seen guys where if one part of your body hurts, other parts start to hurt. We just have to be real careful. He was a little sore today."
Senior left guard Jim Tartt has dealt with a sore shoulder throughout his Gator career, and even though he's back to 100 percent, Meyer is being cautious with him as well. Tartt did not take part in the Gators' two-minute drill at the end of practice.
"Tartt's doing good," Meyer said. "We're just being cautious again. He's a fifth year guy. We're just trying to keep him in shape. His attitude is tremendous. We got to get him, Carl Johnson (broken wrist) and Maurice Hurt (scooter accident) going. Those are the three linemen that are hurt."
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