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Friday August 16, 2013 Gators set to scrimmage today; Muschamp updates injury report

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The Gators are scheduled to scrimmage today at The Swamp, which won't be as sunny as Saturday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators are scheduled to hold a closed scrimmage at The Swamp in less than an hour. It has been raining most of the morning so the conditions could play a factor.

Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff plan to get off the field and let the players play.

"This is going to be a moving day for a lot of guys,'' Muschamp said. "We've got to start narrowing reps. You cannot continue to rep everybody. This will be a 'D-Day' for a lot of guys so to speak."

Muschamp met with the media Friday morning and discussed several topics.

Check back with later today for a feature story on the defensive line tandem of Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler Jr.

Meanwhile, Muschamp updated the Gators’ injury report Friday:

--Muschamp said that sophomore running back Matt Jones continues to improve from a serious viral infection that struck him prior to camp. There remains no timetable on Jones’ return but Muschamp sounded optimistic that Jones is making strides and regaining his strength through conditioning drills.

“He is doing well, exercising, getting back in it – no ready to get out in the heat in full gear yet,’’ Muschamp said.

--Freshman defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III sprained his shoulder on Wednesday and is out of contact drills for approximately five to seven days according to Muschamp.

--Starting right guard Jon Halapio (pectoral tear) has not been cleared for full-contact drills. “Hope to get him cleared game-week,’’ Muschamp said.

--Senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs “continues to improve with his patella and I think he will be cleared game-week,’’ Muschamp said.

--Freshman OL Octavius Jackson (shoulder), defensive back Jaylen Watkins (foot), fullback Hunter Joyer (hamstring), defensive lineman Alex McCalister (shoulder) and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams (unspecified illness) remain day-to-day. Muschamp said Joyer is expected to miss approximately five to seven more days.

For more notes from Muschamp's press conference, check back with later.

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