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Injury woes continue at spring practice



Injuries are on the rise for the Gators, who completed their eighth day of spring football practice on Monday.

During last Saturday's scrimmage, three players - WR David Nelson (right ankle sprain), OL James Wilson (left ankle) and WR Deonte Thompson (hamstring) were all injured.

On Monday two more were injured. Freshman TE Desmond Parks suffered a sprained left knee, and after remaining down for about five minutes, had to be removed on a cart. Junior DE Justin Trattou sprained his right shoulder.

Junior LB A.J. Jones also sat out practice, but Meyer said he'll be fine. Wilson, who has also been battling foot problems, was scheduled to have an MRI Monday night.

"We're having some injuries right now.'' UF coach Urban Meyer said. "That's the negative, that's the worst part of this coaching deal. . . . "There's good effort, good enthusiasm, it's just we're not very good. (But) we don't have to play tomorrow, so we'll be fine.''

Meyer took a few moments to say a few words to Parks before he was carted off.

"He's a young player that's got eyes like saucers right now,'' Meyer said. "He's got academics and football and he's such a great kid, I love that guy. It's not the injury. At some point, everybody deals with an injury, it's how an athlete deals with the injury, so I grabbed him (an talked to him), and I'm going to go see him. He's just so young, and he's such a great kid.''


- LB Bredan Beal, who suffered an ACL injury last season, returned to practice for the first time on Monday, and Carlos Dunlap also practiced. 

- Meyer said he doesn't have a set policy for players who ride scooters around campus, but acknowledged it's a problem since several players, including Chris Rainey, and currently Matt Patchan have been injured on them.

"I'd rather them wear helmets, we encourage them to do so,'' he said. "I thought about it at times (a mandatory rule), but I'm not the scooter cop. We'd like to see them wear helmets, it dangerous. We've have more injuries on those dumb things.''

- Redshirt freshman OL Sam Robey continues to earn praise from the coaching staff.

"Robey is a guy that Steve (Addazio) is really excited about,'' Meyer said.  "He scrmmaged well, and there's some flexibility if he can go. We're always looking for a guy that can snap the ball. When he's in there, you don't notice, which is a bad way to say it. Other guys get in there and you notice because they are sacked or have a missed assignment. Robey is doing good. If you're looking for positives, we're building depth right now. The negative is we're awful.''

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