Florida Offense Is Healthy

With all the issues in the Florida offense this season, a big one has been the health among the backs and linemen. It seems the Gators may be as healthy heading into the match up with Florida State as they have been since the game with Alabama when the top two quarterbacks were injured along with starting running back Jeff Demps. Dinged for a while, the offensive line seems to be healing also.

Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis spoke to the media Tuesday and mentioned that his line was all at practice Tuesday and ready to play.

"It's Tuesday and too early to tell," Weis said about the starting lineup. "Everyone is out there. They all went today."

For several weeks there have been injuries that have caused the line to take different shapes. Three main characters have played at tackle, although a fourth in Kyle Koehne was inserted Saturday when an injury occurred to Xavier Nixon. Chaz Green has missed a few games and Matt Patchan is playing with a cast on his hand.

In the Vanderbilt game Florida switched centers due to bad snaps and the following week Dan Wenger was moved there to shape up that problem. Wenger was hurt that week against South Carolina and so Jonotthan Harrison was placed back at the starting center position against Furman.

Although Weis said everyone is healthy up front, they are still in the process of setting a starting lineup with the help of line coach Frank Verducci.

"We are still settling some things out here," Weis said. "Danny (Wenger) didn't practice yesterday. He was kind of a hold, but was a full go today. I let Frank (Verducci) play around today with some juggling because we have to get multiple people ready. We try and get that settled down for Wednesday. You have to be more ‘this is how we go into the game' (on Wednesday).

And in other good news, Florida senior quarterback John Brantley looks to be in his best shape since the fifth game of the season some seven weeks ago.

"Because John got hit so much less (ion the Furman game) e is the healthiest he's been by far since the Alabama game," Weis said. He barely got touched."

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