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Tebow was hurt, but Meyer did not know

out for Saturday: FSU’s Corey Surrency, who has caught three touchdowns, was suspended for undisclosed reasons.

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out for Saturday: FSU’s Corey Surrency, who has caught three touchdowns, was suspended for undisclosed reasons.

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Urban Meyer on Thursday confirmed QB Tim Tebow hurt his knee earlier this season. But he didn't find out until recently.

Meyer had insisted all season the junior was fine. In comments CBS released Thursday, though, Gary Danielson, who will call Saturday's game against Georgia, said he had been told Tebow was injured but has recovered.

"(Florida) kept it well hidden that he had a little bit of a hyperextended knee that he hurt early in the season," Daniel­son said. "I wondered why he wasn't running like last year. He was more of a finesse runner than a power runner."

After practice, Meyer said Tebow was hurt on Oct. 4 against Arkansas. Tebow did not miss any practice, however, and Meyer said he didn't find out from Tebow until this week in the training room.

"I'm walking by. I said, 'How you feeling?' " Meyer said. "He said, 'You know my knee's finally feeling better.' I said, 'What are you talking about, your knee?' He said, 'Well, I banged it a little bit.' "

Meyer said he isn't upset with Tebow.

"I get mad at guys who miss class," he said, "not a guy who toughs out injuries."

INJURIES: RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle) is not 100 percent but is game ready, Meyer said. CB Janoris Jenkins (shin) is expected to play, but it will depend on today's practice. Wondy Pierre-Louis would start in his place.

FSU: Two receivers out; one might play

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State junior WR Corey Surrency worked with the scout team after it was announced he was suspended for one game for undisclosed reasons.

And fellow receiver Preston Parker missed his second practice with a deep thigh bruise sustained Tuesday. But the junior said he hopes to play Saturday at Georgia Tech.

"Corey's not out there, so I know the team needs me," Parker said. "I should be all right."

Surrency has a team-high 19.8 yards per catch and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown catches. Parker led the Seminoles last season with 1,513 all-purpose yards and 62 catches. But this season, he was suspended for the first two games because of an offseason arrest and has only 13.

"Some guys stepped up last week (when freshman Bert Reed was suspended)," sophomore QB Christian Ponder said. "And we'll have to have it happen again this week."

Another injury: Junior DT Justin Mincey (knee) is doubtful for Saturday.

Looking well: Senior RB Antone Smith ran smoothly at practice. Smith, who leads the ACC with 11 rushing touchdowns, injured his elbow and ribs Saturday.

Discussing: Junior DE Everette Brown held the team after practice for a players-only meeting.

Times correspondent Ira Schofel contributed to this report.

>>UP NEXT

Florida: vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville), 3:30

Saturday, Ch. 10

FSU: at Georgia Tech, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 28

Miami: at Virginia, noon Saturday, Ch. 44

Tebow was hurt, but Meyer did not know 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:41pm]
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