Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gators getting healthy for LSU

GAINESVILLE — Injuries have taken a toll, but Florida could get some key players back this week, when defending national champion and No. 4 LSU comes to town.

Against Arkansas Saturday, UF was without two starting running backs, three offensive linemen and three defensive players.

Coach Urban Meyer said at least four injured players are expected to play this week: LB Ryan Stamper (ankle), RB Kestahn Moore (hamstring), G Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and freshman S Will Hill (hamstring). RB Emmanuel Moody and OG Jim Tartt (shoulder) are questionable. Junior WR Percy Harvin, who hurt his right foot Saturday but returned to the field, was in a boot after Sunday night's practice. His status was unknown. LB Dustin Doe (double hernia) will not play until after next week's bye.

The Gators moved up one spot in the AP poll to No. 11, and are No. 12 in the USA Today coaches poll.

END OF A STREAK: With his interception late in the third quarter, QB Tim Tebow ended his streak of consecutive passes at 203. "I just threw it right to the guy," said Tebow, who expressed no concern about the end of the streak. "We could have had a good play there. I was just reading something different."

A NEW ROUTINE: After the loss to Ole Miss on Sept. 27, the Gators participated in their first Sunday practice under Meyer.

Apparently, he and his staff liked what they saw. Florida practiced on Sunday for the second straight week. The Gators are off today and resume practice on Tuesday.

ENJOYING THE MOMENT: With the offensive line missing three key players, sophomore Carl Johnson made his first career start. After waiting two years for a chance to play, he made sure not to take it for granted.

As the team made its way into the locker room, Johnson stayed on the field, taking it all in. When an assistant coach motioned for him to move on, Johnson replied: "Leave me alone, let me enjoy this. It's my first start."

"He's a guy that needed to step up and I believe he did," Meyer said.

DID YOU KNOW?: Florida has shut out four of five opponents in at least one half of a game this season. … Five defensive backs have interceptions, matching last year's total. … The Gators are second in the SEC and third in the nation in turnover margin (plus 1.6 per game).

Antonya English can be reached at

Gators getting healthy for LSU 10/05/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 5, 2008 9:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)


    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

  2. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, activate Alex Cobb


    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  3. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    The Austin Pruitt experiment might be over, or at least put on pause. After allowing six runs over seven innings to Seattle on Friday, the rookie didn't get through the fourth Wednesday, giving up five runs on four homers. His ERA for past six starts: 5.29.

  5. Six home runs doom Rays in loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — A curve that didn't bounce was the difference Wednesday as the Rays lost 7-6 to the Blue Jays in front of 8,264, the smallest Tropicana field crowd since Sept. 5, 2006.

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) greets center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) at the plate after his two run home run in the third inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.