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Sturgis nearing record

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:34 AM
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Florida's Caleb Sturgis converted three of four field goal tries in Saturday's 23-0 win against Jacksonville State to give him 66 in his career, one shy of Jeff Chandler's school mark.

"He's outstanding,'' Gators coach Will Muschamp said. "We're trying to find an extra year of eligibility.''

That brings chuckles because Sturgis already was given an extra year after hurting his back in 2010 while lifting weights early in the season. UF petitioned and got the extra year after last season.

There's no room for any more redshirt seasons on Sturgis' NCAA eligibility clock. But fans gave him a nice goodbye with one of the loudest ovations during the Senior Day pregame introductions.

"It's crazy to think it's the last time," he said of his last game at Florida Field.

"I don't think it's completely hit me yet and we still have a few more games, a big one next week (at FSU) obviously, but it's crazy that it's over in The Swamp.

"I've had a lot of good memories here and I'm glad I could finish it off with a pretty good day."

Sturgis could play a huge role in next week's game at Tallahassee if it comes down to a tight game when a field goal could make the difference. He has range from outside 50 yards.

"I think in general we're a lot more confident team,'' Sturgis said.

"We really trust each other and I think everybody has grown up a lot, more than anything."

Final hug

DT Omar Hunter said he turned to LB Lerentee McCray and the two hugged when the clock hit zero on Saturday. They were two of 19 seniors in their final game at Florida Field.

"That's when it hit me," Hunter said, 'We'll never play here again.' ''

Driskel watch

QB Jeff Driskel was on the sideline after suffering a sprained ankle in last week's 27-20 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. Though backup Jacoby Brissett played well, now the wait begins to see if Driskel will be back.

"I think it's much better than it was,'' Muschamp said. "He's off crutches. He's out of a walking boot.''

Brissett said he hopes Driskel will be ready and whatever the coaches decide about the starter against FSU is fine with him.

Jones shines

While Mike Gillislee is 36 yards shy of 1,000 for the season, Armwood High graduate Matt Jones had one of his best efforts as a Gator on Saturday, picking up 65 yards on eight carries. He also tied his career long with a 17-yard run in the first quarter to help UF's first scoring drive.

Muschamp called him a mature freshman who has managed to work through the tough process of learning the offense while adjusting to college life.

"He's worked through it and that's why he had a lot of opportunities today,'' he said.

Injury updates

OL Ian Silberman has a torn labrum and is finished for the season. Muschamp said DB Pop Saunders (knee) also is finished for the season. . . . FB Hunter Joyer (thigh) and OL Chaz Green (ankle) were both injured Saturday but are expected back for the FSU game.

Noteworthy

Muschamp became the third coach to record 10 wins in his second season — Steve Spurrier in 1991 and Urban Meyer in 2006 were the others. … All of UF's points against Jacksonville State were scored by seniors. … Three of the four missed field goals Sturgis has this season were blocked. … Florida has never had a team start 10-1 during the BCS era and not go to a BCS bowl. … Florida shut out two opponents for the first time since 2006.

David Jones, Florida Today

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