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Gators welcome bye week opportunity



Florida has an open date this week which couldn't have come at a better time, some players said.

The Gators are on a three-game losing streak and injuries are piling up. The open date gives Florida a chance to rest and try to figure out solutions to some of its problems.

"The bye week I think will be beneficial for us because we can get guys that are banged up, knicks and knacks, get those guys back,'' WR Frankie Hammond, Jr., said. "And we've got two weeks to prepare for Georgia. So we've got kind of a jump start so we can break it down even more and really just analyze it and see what they are all about.''

The Gators' losses have come to No. 2 Alabama, No. 1 LSU and No. 24 Auburn. In 10 of those 12 quarters, Florida has been without starting QB John Brantley, who suffered an ankle injury just before halftime of the Alabama game and hasn't played since.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said there's a chance Brantley could return in time for the Oct. 29 game against Georgia in Jacksonville.

"I'm hoping so,'' Muschamp said. "We'll see what happens. I don't know. His rehab's going very well and I'll update you as far as I know.''

In the meantime, the Gators will turn their attention to rest - and Georgia.

"We could definitely use a bye week, get everybody back healthy, get everybody rested up,'' LB Jon Bostic said. "We've still got a long stretch ahead of us. We're not going to look back at what happened towards the beginning of the season. What happened, happened. We're going to get prepared for Georgia now.''




[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:41pm]


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