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Florida's Pouncey's coping with family tragedy



Florida starting offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were with their family in Lakeland on Tuesday following an accident that left their stepfather critically injured.

Mike Webster reportedly was injured when a rail car at a local train yard rolled over his leg, which later had to be amputated. Webster is employed at a local feeding mill, and was injured when he was caught between rail cars. He was in critical, but stable condition Tuesday night.

Florida coach Urban Meyer visited with the family Monday night, but declined to give further details following Tuesday night's practice.

“I talked to the family and out of respect,  I’m just praying for them and (to) take care of them,’’ Meyer said. “They are all part of our family. I’d really rather not say anything else. At the appropriate time, we’ll talk about it.’’

Meyer described the twins as “fine’’, and said he anticipates they will return to practice today.

QB Tim Tebow said he had spoken with his teammates and that he reassured them he was praying for them. He said he expects them to be ready to play when the Gators travel to Florida State on Saturday.

“They are very resilient,’’ he said. “They are very determined young men. I know that’s what their family would want for them to come out and play.’’

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:42pm]


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