Wilks suffers major injury; two others undergo surgery
It's become an all too common theme with the Gators this spring, but there was another significant injury on Wednesday.
Redshirt sophomore FB Steve Wilks, of Lakeland, suffered an ACL injury and will undergo surgery in about two weeks. Wilks had been making significant progress toward playing time.
"It’s a shame because he was doing great,'' UF coach Urban Meyer said. "And there’s still hope we can play him next year a little bit, and then he has two years after that. But he’s one of the most improved guys on the team.''
DT Lawrence Marsh and DE Carlos Dunlap both underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair abdominal injuries.
SPRING GAME CONCERNS: Meyer said he still hasn't figured out exactly how he'll format the spring game on Saturday, with injuries continuing to mount. One thing he's trying to avoid is having just another practice scrimmage.
"Today I just wanted to get through today's practice,'' Meyer said Wednesday evening. "You notice we came out in shorts. Carl Johnson (OL) couldn’t go, he’s got a little issue with his shoulder. And that’s being evaluated, so I’m being very cautious. Corey Hobbs (OL) couldn’t go today, he has a concussion, but he’ll be back on Friday. So to come out here (spring game) with seven offensive lineman, I don’t know how to do that.''
BROWN ON THE RADAR: CB Jeremy Brown continues to impress the coaching staff, and Meyer said on Wednesday he has high hopes for the Orlando native. Brown redshirted last season due to back injuries.
"Oh, man. I’m just telling you, don’t sleep on him,'' Meyer said. "And I told our team don’t sleep on him. They know. They know. He was ahead of Janoris Jenkins before he got hurt. Think about that for a minute.''