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Wednesday September 5, 2012Gators CB Jeremy Brown available for Saturday's game at Texas A&M

Updated: 2:00pm, September 5

As former Gators safety Ahmad Black paid a visit to the Gators’ locker room prior to Tuesday’s practice, he let out an especially loud greeting for former teammate Jeremy Brown.

Black, now with the Tampa Bay Bucs, shared space in Florida’s starting secondary the last time we saw Brown play in a game: the 2011 Outback Bowl win over Penn State in Urban Meyer’s final game as Florida’s head coach.

Jeremy Brown

Brown was once considered a prime prospect coming out of Orlando Boone High four years ago. However, a back injury cost him the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and Brown missed last season due to a knee injury.

In his one season, Brown started nine games in 2010 and recorded 15 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

Nearly a forgotten player on the roster, Brown, a redshirt junior, was sidelined in fall camp because of a broken wrist. However, he was recently cleared to return to practice and Gators coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that Brown is ready return to the field in some capacity Saturday at Texas A&M.

“He actually looked really good [Tuesday], moving around and some things,’’ Muschamp said. “He will play in the game.”

Brown is expected to play on special teams and could receive time in the secondary against Texas A&M if first-year Aggies offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury runs the same offense he used at Houston with Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is just glad to have Brown back on the sideline and able to contribute. He said Brown made a nice pass break-up during practice Tuesday.

“Jeremy Brown coming back, really, No. 1, is a great story of ‘hang in there, keep persevering.’ I was really excited to see him come back,’’ Quinn said. “I’m anxious to see him more and more and more.”

While the Gators have four cornerbacks who were in the regular rotation in the season opener -- Marcus Roberson, Jaylen Watkins, Loucheiz Purifoy and Cody Riggs – the addition of Brown is an added bonus should Florida need to dip deep into the secondary.

“We’re going to be in some situations where we’ll have six DBs on the field, especially with that high-tempo offense like Kliff and them run, there going to be on the ball snapping,’’ Muschamp said. “It’s going to be hot, so we’re going to have to roll a bunch of guys out.”

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