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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When fall camp opens on Friday, the Florida Gators will bring one of the top-ranked freshman classes in the country. With more depth and experience at UF than last year, this freshman class will have to earn its playing time.

Fifteen true freshmen played last season, including five who started games, but don't expect to see a repeat of that in 2012. Florida head coach Will Muschamp says playing time is not promised to anyone. It has to be earned.

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Jeff Barlis/ESPN.comFlorida coach Will Muschamp says he never promises playing time or starting positions to high school prospects.
"I tell those guys when they first report and I tell them again in the team meeting: 'What you've done and what you've accomplished in high school does not help you at Florida. It's over. You have not made one play in our league and you have not made one play in our stadium. So you need to earn the respect of your teammates first in how you prepare and how you play and how you compete every day,' " he said Thursday at the school's annual media day.

"Some of those guys possibly have done that in workouts this summer; I don't know. But at the end of the day, those guys haven't made any plays for us. At the end of the day they are good players and I'm glad they are Gators and I'm glad they are here. But they need to go out in camp and play well and create their opportunity with our football team."

When Muschamp is on the recruiting trail, one pitch you won't hear him make to a prospective athlete is a promised starting position as a freshman.

"When we recruit them, we tell them we are going to promise them one thing -- an opportunity," Muschamp said. "That's it. That's it. My loyalty is with the young men on campus. And the young men that want to come to the University of Florida, we promise them one thing -- an opportunity. And if they are the best in their position, in my history as a defensive coordinator, as a head coach, they will start if they are better than the guys in front of them. I don't care where you're from. How many freshman did we start last year? Several.

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