GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has two key players back on the practice field but the Gators have lost several more after a rash of non-contact injuries.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel and Antonio Morrison practiced with the team for the first time on Thursday night. Driskel had missed the first six practices as he recovered from an appendectomy and Morrison was suspended as part of his punishment for a pair of arrests in a five-week period.
Both players still have to undergo the NCAA mandated acclimation period and will not be able to be in full pads until their fifth practice. Driskel has been at every practice but had not been cleared to participate until Thursday morning.
"It was tough, but it's better than it happen during the middle of the season," Driskel said. "I didn't miss too much. I missed six days and I feel like I didn't miss a beat so it wasn't that big of a deal."