GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Top-ranked Florida could have four key
defenders, including linebacker Brandon Spikes, back against
Spikes and defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh and Jaye Howard
practiced Tuesday for the first time in more than a week, and
coaches expect them to play Saturday against the Bulldogs.
Marsh has played just two games this season because of a high
ankle sprain, and Howard missed the last two games because of a
Spikes, the team's defensive captain, injured his groin Oct. 10
at LSU and played only a series the following week against
Arkansas. He sat out Saturday's game at Mississippi State.
The Gators also could have backup defensive tackle Justin
Trattou available. Trattou ruptured his left biceps tendon against
Arkansas and didn't play last weekend.