At his Monday press conference a week ago, Urban Meyer said that if everything went according to plan, starting free safety Will Hill would return to the lineup for the Gators’ game against South Florida on Saturday.

But Hill was a no-show on the field for the second consecutive game. After running out of the tunnel, Hill repeated his opening game routine, walking to the sideline and placing his helmet under the bench.

At this point, all we know is Hill’s suspension was for more than the one game we thought it would be. The question now is: How long will it turn out to be?

Meyer indicated after the USF game that he expected Hill to return this week.

But when senior strong safety Ahmad Black was asked Monday what impact Hill’s return would have on the secondary, Black gave us a funny look and said, “No comment.”

So, will Hill be back for Saturday’s game in Knoxville? Or will he be putting his helmet under the bench for a third consecutive game?

We may have to wait until Saturday for the answer to what has become perhaps the most intriguing question of the season so far.

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