GAINESVILLE — You can wonder all you want about how the Florida tight ends are progressing and whether the running backs are improving enough, but coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that the reality is the Gators are just trying to survive.
Between injuries and the heat, any progress is good.
"We're happy with where we're at," Meyer said. "We're not very good yet, but we don't have to be. We've still got a couple of more weeks. But I'm very pleased with this team. We wouldn't win a whole bunch right now. We've got guys dinged up. But all I care about right now is attitude and heart."
The Gators will practice twice again today, take Thursday off then have one final double Friday. The second scrimmage is Saturday, and regular game-week preparations begin Monday.
Injuries: OL Matt Patchan had the cast readjusted on his fractured wrist and participated in workouts. He did not practice but went full speed on the side, Meyer said. FB Steve Wilks had a procedure for a back injury and is expected to miss at least four weeks. NT Lawrence Marsh (hamstring) is expected to return in a few days, and OL Xavier Nixon (ankle) is out.
Rainey on watch list: WR Chris Rainey was one of 48 players named to the watch list for the Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in major college football. Other state players: Miami RB Graig Cooper and Florida State CB Greg Reid. The award, to be given for the first time, is named for Paul Hornung, who starred at Notre Dame then for the Green Bay Packers.
USF: Linebacker arrested
USF sophomore LB Sam Barrington was held at a Hillsborough County jail without bond, marking his third time in jail in 13 months, all related to charges of driving with a license that has been canceled, suspended or revoked. Barrington, 19, was held on two misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended/revoked license, the Sheriff's Office website said. He has been limited in practice because of a shoulder injury.
Quick hits: The quarterbacks and receivers have struggled to find a rhythm in coordinator Todd Fitch's new system while in Vero Beach. Coach Skip Holtz said the receivers have been his biggest concern. … The defense had four interceptions during team drills, including two in the end zone. … Starting C Sampson Genus (muscle strain) and DT Cory Grissom (sprained ankle) were held out of practice.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Jon Santucci, special to the Times
FSU: Fisher unhappy
It wasn't the kind of practice Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher wanted to see. Fisher wasn't happy after Tuesday's practice and said it was "below average." As for the players? He said they felt sorry for themselves.
Quick hit: After RB Chris Thompson had issues hanging onto the ball in the first scrimmage, Fisher changed the depth chart. Thompson, competing against Jermaine Thomas, is no longer the clear starter.
Miami: Scrimmage plans
CORAL GABLES — With its second scrimmage tonight, Miami had a 45-minute walkthrough with crowd noise pumped in and focused on special teams and two-minute drills.