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Post-grad pigskin: Former Ute Smith joins Florida

Updated: August 8, 2006, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's depleted secondary got a boost Tuesday when former Utah starter Ryan Smith joined the team.

Smith, who could replace departed cornerback Avery Atkins, is eligible to play this season under new NCAA legislation that allows athletes who graduate and have eligibility remaining to transfer without sitting out a year.

"It was an easy decision once I knew I had the opportunity," Smith said after completing his first practice. "I was ready to play football ...

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