Nagging injuries aside, Gators ready for Hawaii
GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday that despite a rash of injuries that have hampered preparations somewhat, his team is ready for Saturday's season opener against Hawaii.
"This has been one of the more concerning training camps as far as lingering injuries,'' Meyer said. "Jim Tartt, (Matt) Patchan, Percy (Harvin), we still have a variety of players who will be game-time decisions. However, I met with the trainer this morning and I think we're going to see a lot more activity (in practice) than we've seen. But overall, it's one of the best training camps we've had. We're ready to go play a game.''
Harvin has missed most of the preseason still recovering from spring heel surgery. Asked if he expects Harvin to play Saturday, Meyer said: "I don't know. I'll know more during the week. He practiced on Saturday, and he was not the full practice. He still has a reaction where once he goes for a little bit, he has to watch it, it gets sore on him.''
Patchan (strained pectoral muscle) is expected to be cleared today for full contact for the first time since fall practice began, and Tartt has a shoulder injury.
Junior linebacker Brandon Spikes has also been hampered by a nagging foot injury for more than a week, Meyer said. Spikes is questionable for Saturday's game.