Tape It Up: Florida: A Fighting Chance

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Florida: A Fighting Chance

As beaten and banged up as Florida's defense is, Thursday offered some good news to the Gator faithful. Even with his broken thumb, safety Major Wright will play this Saturday against Vanderbilt, and offensive lineman Mike Pouncey may be offering some help to the flailing defense by getting into the rotation at defensive tackle.

Wright, a freshman, played sparingly in last week's loss to Georgia as he nursed the broken thumb, but head coach Urban Meyer said that Wright will play on Saturday. He will keep his thumb wrapped in a "little bit of a club," according to Meyer, which may keep him out of a starting role, but he will see field time. Any time is good news for the Gators, who have lost defenders like flies in recent weeks.

Wright has 40 tackles and two forced fumbles on the season.

Wide receiver Riley Cooper, also nursing a finger injury, should also get in the game this week (his fracture is less serious than Wright's break).

Elsewhere on the line, offensive lineman Mike Pouncey may be switching sides. With so many Florida defenders hurting, Pouncey has practiced at defensive tackle for the last two days, and with an effort level Meyer calls phenomenal and a 6-foot-4, 313-pound frame, Pouncey may be just what the Gators need up front.

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