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Florida Gators' Pouncey twins back at practice after family emergency

GAINESVILLE — Florida OLs Mike and Maurkice Pouncey returned to the practice field Wednesday, two days after their stepfather was critically injured in an accident, after which his leg had to be amputated.

The twins missed Tuesday's practice to be with their families. Both starters, they are expected to play Saturday when the Gators travel to Tallahassee to meet Florida State.

"They are doing good," senior receiver Louis Murphy said. "God is with them. God is with their family, so they'll be all right. Our team love is; it's like a big family."

The Pounceys' stepfather, Rob Webster, was hurt in a work-related accident involving a railcar in Lakeland.

TEBOW HONORED: QB Tim Tebow was named the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year winner for the second consecutive year. He joins former UF basketball player Matt Bonner (2002, 2003) and former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (1995, 1996) as the only individuals in school history to capture his sport's Academic All-America of the Year award twice.

DAVIS TO PLAY: With DL Matt Patchan expected to be out for the remainder of the season (left knee) and DT Lawrence Marsh (left knee) expected to be a game-time decision, former Armwood standout Torrey Davis is expected to get more playing time. Davis was suspended earlier this season and has been up and down in five games, even being benched on occasion for what coach Urban Meyer has called "not doing what he needs to in practice."

But defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said he has confidence in Davis, "just because he's been in and he's practiced with us. …When he hits the field, we know what to expect."

LB A.J. Jones (knee), a former Middleton standout, practiced and is expected to play.

TIME OFF: The Gators will practice early today, then take the remainder of the day off for Thanksgiving. Players are scheduled to return at 2 p.m. Friday.

UM: Bowl options

Interviews by the Miami Herald with five bowl officials suggest that if the Hurricanes beat North Carolina State in their season finale, the most likely destination for Miami would be the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. With a loss, UM could end up in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco.

"With the way the ACC has gone, I'm having a hard time finding anybody we're not looking at,'' Scott Ramsey, president of the Music City Bowl, told the Herald.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl has first shot at ACC teams not playing in a BCS bowl, but bowl president Gary Stokan said he prefers a ranked team.

The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville picks next, but FSU or Georgia Tech — teams close by and teams that beat Miami — might still be available.

If Miami ends up in the Champs Sports Bowl, it would face a Big Ten team on Dec. 27 at the Citrus Bowl.

And if Miami loses Saturday, the Hurricanes would likely drop to either the Music City, Meineke Car Care or Emerald bowls, which pick in that order if they can't agree to take three different teams.

up next

Miami: at N.C. State, noon

Saturday, Ch. 44

Florida at Florida State: 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 28

USF: at W. Virginia, Dec. 6, time and TV are TBA

Florida Gators' Pouncey twins back at practice after family emergency 11/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 27, 2008 8:42pm]
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