Tampa native Jim Barrie's playing career most likely over
Barrie, a redshirt junior from Tampa, should have a final decision from Florida's medical staff in the next few days. He suffered an ACL injury on Aug. 12, 2008 and missed the entire season.
"Jim Barrie had that devastating knee injury and he tried to come back, but it doesn't look like he'll play again,'' Florida coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. "He might be a medical (hardship). That's going to be done in the next four days. It's up to the doctors.''
Barrie was a team captain and four-year starter on the offensive line at Tampa Berkeley Preparatory School. He was a top-30 prospect by Rivals.com, who chose Florida over 34 other Division I scholarship offers, but played just one game (2007 vs. Florida Atlantic) in a injury-plagued career with the Gators. He dressed for six games.
Barrie most likely will remain with the team in some capacity if he cannot play. A medical hardship will allow for Florida to pay for his remaining years at UF without counting against the scholarship limitations.
"There's a chance he might even be a student-assistant,'' Meyer said. "He's an excellent student and wants to be a lawyer. He has one-and-a half or two years left. That was a tough knee surgery last year. That was not a normal ACL injury.''
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Redshirt freshman OL Byran Jones has left the team. "He's not with us right now for a a variety of reasons and we wish him the best,'' Meyer said.