Posted by Tom Fornelli
Will Will Hill play this Saturday after being forced to sit the first two games when Florida goes to Knoxville? Why, yes, Will Hill will be playing, at least that's what Urban Meyer said on Thursday following Gators practice. Hill had been suspended for Florida's first two games for "disciplinary reasons."
Those disciplinary reasons reportedly being due to Hill skipping two classes, so the team decided that if he wanted to skip two classes he got to skip two games as well. Either way, Meyer says he's likely to play this weekend and could possibly start .
Coach Urban Meyer said Hill would return and said, "I think he will [start)."
Hill has led the team in special-teams tackles the past two years. Meyer said he was encouraged by the special-teams play in practice Thursday.
"I can see the development," he said. "When Matt Elam starts playing really well on special teams. He's starting to play really well. When Will Hill's doing the things he did today on special teams, I'm expecting a really good game out of him. Cause that means they're locked in, they're unselfish and they're ready to go."
The junior free safety is on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award for the country's best defensive back, so his return to the field will make the Florida secondary -- one of the facets of the team that hasn't played poorly this season -- even stronger. His presence will also help on special teams, as Meyer alluded to in the quote above, as Hill has led the Gators in special teams tackles each of his first two seasons in Gainesville.
Well, unless he decides to skip a class on Friday, anyway.