UF’s Hargreaves is day-to-day with bone bruise in his knee

Published on Friday, 8/8/14, at 9:20 a.m. Eastern.

By Brian Edwards

Many Florida fans struggled to sleep Thursday night. After a 2013 campaign filled with an unfathomable amount of injuries that led to the school’s worst record since 1979, who could blame the orange-and-blue faithful for thinking, “AGAIN?! You’ve got to be kidding me?!?!”

During Thursday’s practice, a scuffle broke out and sophomore sensation Vernon Hargreaves came out of the incident injured. Word quickly spread across the Internet that Hargreaves was limping badly and taken off the field on a cart with his knee wrapped in ice.

Hargreaves is considered by many to be the best cover corner in the country. He’s on nearly every publication’s list of preseason first-team All-Americans. With Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy both turning pro early (and going undrafted), the Gators are lacking depth at the CB position. In other words, outside of junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, Hargreaves is the last player on the roster that Will Muschamp’s team can afford to lose to a season-ending injury.

But UF fans can go ahead and have a good weekend because Hargreaves is ok.

Muschamp released the following statement late Thursday night: “An MRI revealed that Vernon Hargreaves suffered a bone bruise and he is listed as day to day.”

After four days of practice, all media reports out of Gainesville have indicated that Driskel looks sharp, comfortable and in full command of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper’s hurry-up offense from out of the shotgun formation. This is great news for the Gators, who are No. 19 in my initial Power Rankings.

You can check out my SEC preview filed to VegasInsider.com earlier this week by clicking here.

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