Tape It Up: Florida: Anderson Ready, At Last

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Florida: Anderson Ready, At Last

Cornerback Markihe Anderson has gone from regular contributor to sideline supporter this season, as groin and knee problems have kept him off the field for two months and out of all but two games for the Gators. But the sophomore's role on the team should be changing again on Saturday, as it looks like Anderson will be ready to step onto the field against Kentucky.

Anderson, the Gators' top returning corner, sprained his MCL a week prior to the season opener and was not healthy enough to see time again until Florida took on Tennessee on Sept. 15. He played a solid first half in that contest, grabbing an interception, before reaggravating the injury and putting himself back on the bench until this week.

Anderson practiced all of last week and thought he would see time against LSU, but coaches kept him out of the game as he was still "a little limp," according to head coach Urban Meyer. With two losses to their name, urgency has arrived in Gainesville, and Anderson is a key contributor to a defense that needs all its pieces working together to stop a red-hot Kentucky offense.

"I'm going to play," Anderson said this week. "I'm out there flying around in practice and getting back to my top speed."

Anderson has been wearing a brace on his right knee for the past few weeks and may don it even on the field on Saturday, provided he convinces the coaches that he truly is ready to play.

Freshman Joe Haden and sophomore Wondy Pierre-Louis have been starting in Anderson's place, and both have played well, although Anderson's place is waiting for him once he is ready to get back in the game.

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