Gators lose top CB Purifoy to one-game suspension
Unfortunately for the Gators, they will have to roll without one of their top players in their season opener against Toledo. Purifoy and two of his teammates (DT Darious Cummings and OL Quinteze Williams) have been suspended for one game by the school. The reasons have yet to be made clear.
The Gators will be without a kid who could easily be argued for as their best player, but they are fortunate to have what is likely the best group of cornerbacks in the nation. They will start Jaylen Watkins in place of Purifoy, and also have Marcus Roberson - who some believe will become a better NFL prospect than Purifoy - starting on the opposite side. Even so, missing a player of Purifoy's caliber always hurts.
Purifoy's absence may also hurt on offense, as the extremely versatile youngster was expected to contribute on both sides of the ball this season. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease recently said that "there'll be a package a week devoted to [Purifoy] either throwing or running." The Gators are also thin at wide receiver, so Purifoy may have spent some time lining up there as well.
Toledo is not a team to take likely, as they were recently ranked as the No. 44 college football team by USA Today. They feature a great running back in David Fluellen who racked up 1,498 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Not having to face Purifoy will make an upset victory a little more attainable for Toledo, but given the Gators' depth at cornerback, an upset still appears unlikely.
Purifoy will be back in action for Florida's game against Miami (FL) on September 7th.