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Florida Gators DT Brandon Antwine out for season

GAINESVILLE — Florida redshirt sophomore DT Brandon Antwine, who spent several weeks in a wheelchair last season after a rare muscular disease killed a muscle in his lower back, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

"It's just awful news," coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. "If there's a comeback player of the year, it's him. His attitude is great. He'll be with us next year, he's still got two years. But that's a damper for us. We all love that guy, he was playing well. Everything happens for a reason, my wife has told me that for a long time and I believe it. He'll come back stronger than ever."

Lawrence Marsh, who has recovered from an MCL sprain, will step in, along with Terron Sanders, Torrey Davis and freshman Jay Howard.

Meanwhile, Meyer said WR/RB Percy Harvin (sprained ankle) might participate in some drills on Thursday and continues to show progress.

TIGHT HEISMAN RACE: QB Tim Tebow said he won't cast his Heisman Trophy vote until after this weekend. CBS analyst Gary Danielson said Tuesday that Tebow remains in the race and if he has a good game this weekend, he'll be among the top two candidates in New York next weekend. Meanwhile, Tebow said he most likely will petition the NFL for his draft status, saying he thinks it may be a good idea "just to see" what his options may be.

Also, Tebow and four Big 12 players are finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's player of the year award. Three quarterbacks — Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell — and Harrell's teammate, Michael Crabtree, are the other finalists.

USF: Gearing for cold

TAMPA — The Bulls are preparing for what could be the coldest game in team history Saturday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

QBs Matt Grothe and Grant Gregory were practicing with gloves on their non-throwing hands as the game-time forecast is cloudy and temperatures in the high 20s.

Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said players need to get used to the gloves because their grip on the football could be affected. "I told them that if they plan on wearing a glove on their non-throwing hand during the game, you need to wear one during practice for the rest of the week," he said.

Gregory also said most players are prepared to ignore the cold.

"We've got to play the game anyway," he said. "It doesn't matter how cold it may be, they know that they've got to step on the field and play."

At Tuesday's weekly news conference, Grothe said he hopes for cold, because the Lakeland native never has seen snow.

Times correspondent Joe Rienzi contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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