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Chomping at Bits: Florida CB Jaydon Hill out for 2021 season with torn ACL

The potential starter’s injury saps depth from a largely unproven secondary.

NCAA Football: Towson at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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CB Jaydon Hill out for 2021 with torn ACL: Hill, one of the few returning contributors from Florida’s 2020 secondary-slash-Superfund site, went down with the injury during practice this week, according to Dan Mullen in his Thursday press conference. Hill had just 14 tackles but an impressive seven passes broken up in 2020, including three in Florida’s Cotton Bowl loss to Oklahoma, spurring belief that he could be the Gators’ starter opposite Kaiir Elam at the second outside corner position. Without Hill, I’d expect to see a lot of freshman Jason Marshall and transfers Jadarrius Perkins and Elijah Blades on the perimeter, at least early on in the season. (Ryan Haley, The Independent Florida Alligator)

Defender Tyreak Sapp finally enrolling: The four-star pass rusher — who began the 2021 cycle ranked within the nation’s top 100 players, holding that status when he committed to Florida way back in December 2018, and who finished it as the nation’s No. 100 player per the 247Sports Composite rankings — did not break camp with the Gators this summer, but he’s reportedly on campus and set to practice this Friday, implying his enrollment for the fall term. A relatively deep crop of edge rushers is liable to keep Sapp from seeing the field very much this fall, but he profiles as a potential steady contributor down the line. (Blake Alderman, 247Sports)

Tim Tebow sitting in logjam on Jaguars’ fourth string: I’m sure lots of NFL teams carry six tight ends, though. (John Reid, Florida Times-Union)

Soccer scores exhibition win: Florida’s first game under new head coach Tony Amato featured a second-half comeback. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators | Amato Interview)

Summer League update: Through two games, Tre Mann is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game for a terrible contingent of Thunder embryos, but he’s also shooting a woeful 24.1 percent from the field on 14.5 shots per contest, so he’s got chances to improve those numbers. Scottie Lewis has had it tougher, scoring just four points per game and recording 2.5 turnovers and fouls per outing, though he’s also had 2.5 assists per contest.

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