Published: Sep 09, 2010 11:45 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cornerback Jeremy Brown is ready for a bigger role.

He's healthy enough for it, too.

Brown, a third-year sophomore from Orlando, got his first real taste of college football in last week's opener. He filled in for injured starter Moses Jenkins and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter that ended Miami's shot at a comeback.

Now, with Jenkins sidelined because of a dislocated elbow, Brown will make his first career start Saturday when the eighth-ranked Gators host South Florida.

Coach Urban Meyer calls Brown "a heck of a story" because he spent two years battling a debilitating back injury. Brown had two herniated discs, inflamed joints, nerve damage and enough pain that he says he "couldn't even put on socks and shoes."