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Gator scrimmage leads to three injuries



Three players were injured during Florida's scrimmage on Saturday morning, but the extent of those injuries is unknown.

Senior receiver David Nelson suffered an injury to his right foot, possibly his ankle. After receiving assistance from team trainers in the end zone for nearly 10 minutes, he was taken off the field on a cart.

OL James Wilson injured his left knee, and was later on the field with crutches. And receiver Deonte Thompson limped off the field with an apparent left leg injury.

Florida coach Urban Meyer did not speak to the media after practice because he had to leave for a speaking engagement at the Atlanta Gator Club, and offensive coordinator Steve Addazo said he didn't know the extent of the players' injuries.

EARLY FRUSTRATION: After one week's worth of practices, the challenge of integrating new players, dealing with injuries and implementing new things into the offense has UF quarterback Tim Tebow battling a slight bit of frustration.

"We’ve just got a lot of injuries and young guys, so just getting everybody on the same page is the key,'' Tebow said Saturday afternoon. "You know, we’re going to get frustrated a lot and all those things because we want to execute at a high level. But we’ve just got to stay calm, work with everybody and get them on the same page.''

So does that mean Tebow is worried about the Gator offense?

"Ah, no,'' he said. "Ya’ll have all been around here every spring, it’s not going to look pretty on Day 7 of spring. I don’t know that we’ve ever beat the defense in the spring. We’ve just got to keep going and get better every day. And really come out of spring with a 1 and 2 at every position. That’s our goal and something we’re trying to work hard in spring for.''

BIG INT: During Saturday's scrimmage, senior LB Brandon Spikes intercepted a Tebow pass and returned it for a touchdown. Tebow said it's not easy playing against a defense that knows your every play.

"When we play FSU and LSU, they don’t know the calls we’re going to make and theyse guys do, especially Spikes and them,'' Tebow said. "They know what’s going to come out of my mouth and what it means, so that can be a little different. That just makes it fun and a little bit more challenging. You don’t have different words for different things, they know what it means and they know what the protection is, so it could be more of a challenge. But it’s fun.''

DEMPS ON THE TRACK: Also on Saturday, sophomore RB Jeff Demps ran the anchor leg of the Gators' 4x100 relay team, blowing away the competition in 39.22 Demps is dividing his time this spring between football and track.

Tampa native and former Freedom High Calvin Smith ran the second leg on that relay team. Earlier on Saturday, he received the William W. Richardson Memorial Track Scholarship, awarded to the team's oustanding junior track and field athlete. Smith accepted the award from UF coach Mike Holloway.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:52pm]


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