Lorenzo Lingard excited Florida fans this past offseason when he announced he would be transferring from Miami to UF. When the former 5-star recruit announced he received immediate eligibility from the NCAA, many figured he would provide a boost to a Gators ground game that struggled mightily in 2019.

Through two games, Florida’s running back carries have been divided among Dameon Pierce (18), Malik Davis (11) and Nay’Quan Wright (2). The trio has also contributed to the passing game with 8 receptions.

On Wednesday’s SEC media teleconference, Mullen was asked about Lingard’s lack of touches. The third-year Florida head coach said Lingard is doing well and coming back from a camp setback.

“He’s doing awesome. He has a great attitude. He’s a really hard worker,” Mullen said. “Got a little banged up in camp and missed some time.”

Mullen noted that Lingard is also a little behind the three other running backs, who all have experience in the program.

Rated 5-stars, the No. 2 running back and No. 25 prospect overall in the class of 2018 on the 247Sports Composite, Lingard signed with Miami over 27 other scholarship offers. As a true freshman, Lingard rushed for 136 yards on 14 carries before a season-ending injury. He played in just two games for the Hurricanes in 2019.