Gator injury news better than expected
By Saturday night, Urban Meyer was so concerned about the team's mounting injuries he had to take an Ambien to get some sleep. On Monday, he was feeling a bit relieved.
The injuries to DE Justin Trattou, TE Desmond Parks and OL James Wilson are not season-ending.
"Trattou went down, Parks went down and James Wilson went down within a day, and we thought they were all maybe serious issues,'' Meyer said. "Parks is done for the spring. It's an AC sprain for Trattou. It's not an ACL for Desmond, it’s a knee-cap dislocation which is painful, but it’s not a major deal. And James Wilson is not a broken foot, it’s a cartilage issue, which, once again is very painful, but it’s not a structure issue. So we dodged three bullets there.''
SOLID PRACTICE: Meyer said he was pleased overall with Wednesday's practice, one of two days each week during spring where the competition heats up.
"Wednesdays and Saturdays are winner-loser days and at the end of the day, someone wins or loses,'' he said. "So we did it by position. On defense, the linebackers beat the running backs and the fullbacks, the DB’s beat the receivers, but the O-line beat the D-line today, so it was good. A very competitive drill.''
POUNCEY RETURNS: Maurkice Pouncey returned to practice on Wednesday after missing several days with a sore shoulder.
"It felt good getting back out there,'' he said. "I was a little down about myself (practice performance), but it'll all turn out good.''
Pouncey got into a little scrap with lb Ryan Stamper, but said it's all part of intense practices.
"You know, the O-line don't take nothing like that,'' Pouncey said. "I drove him 10 yards down the field, he got hot about it and he had to see me. I took care of business. They want to take it slow and progress me, but I did good today.''
DEMPS TO SKIP REST OF SPRING: RB Jeff Demps will no longer alternate between track and football. Demps had been practicing at least once a week with the football team, but has decided to concentrate soley on track the rest of the spring. He joins Riley Cooper, who is exclusively playing baseball this spring.
"He won't be back, I'm letting him run track,'' Meyer said.
PATCHAN: Former Armwood standout Matt Patchan dressed again on Wednesday, but still hasn't practiced after being injured in a scooter accident.
"He’s getting close,'' Meyer said. "He’s got that PCL injury and he’s in full pads. He’s doing walk-throughs and individual drills and we’re hoping to get something out of him before the end of spring.''