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Gator offensive linemen trying to shake off ill effects of Alabama game



It has been a tough week for the Gator O-linemen.

After four weeks of solid play, the line was manhandled in last week's game against Alabama. And to make matters worse, starting QB John Brantley's injury occurred while he was being sacked.

So the hardest part of the linemen this week was to put the Alabama game behind to get ready for another huge challenge: No. 1 LSU and its heralded defense.

"That’s the worst thing about coming off of last week,'' redshirt senior center Dan Wenger said. "It’s just a matter of when we have our Monday meetings and putting it to rest and moving forward and realizing we have another challenge ahead of us, and realizing that LSU is a great team, they have great athletes on defense, and we just have to play well if we want to compete in the game.''

Wenger said the O-line didn't gather for any special meeting this week. It just wasn't necessary. Every teammate understands what went wrong.

'"It’s not one of those things where we have to get together on our own, we all know,'' he said. "We’re all feeling pretty miserable about it and we don’t want that feeling again, so we’re doing everything we can to not have that feeling repeat itself. At this point, like I said, we’ve moved on from it, we’re learning from our mistakes and moving forward and taking it one game at a time.''

Wenger said he personally apologized to Brantley for the line's protection issues as he was injured.

"Unfortunately it’s football, and I apologized to him and it’s just one of those things where we have to come together and he understands that it wasn’t intentional and that I feel terrible about it, but you’ve just got to move on,'' Wenger said. "Can’t let it effect every next game until he comes back. You’ve got LSU now, let’s take care of business there.''



[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 9:03am]


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