Monday Morning Practice Report

The questions keep coming on the decision to widdle down the pack of four quarterbacks...

After an afternoon away from the field Sunday, Florida returned to practice in the same morning heat.

And Ron Zook returned to the same quarterback interrogation.

The everyday questioning of Zook and offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher on the decision to name a starting quarterback continues to draw the same responses. Now, though, the media-to-coach conversations have almost become a joke.

"I've got my Teflon spray all over me," Zaunbrecher said, after dodging several questions Monday.

Zaunbrecher and Zook said Saturday they had hoped to dwindle down the pack of four potential starters to a top two. And while Zook admits he getting close, he doesn't want to reveal his thoughts just yet.

"I think I'd be lying if I said I didn't [have an idea]," Zook said. "But nothing's ever etched in stone in football. Nothing's forever. Nothing's always. On the same token, you don't want to have to go, 'Oh wait, let's change our minds and go backwards.' I'd rather wait a little bit longer, and then there's no guarantee you're going to play."

To come to a closer determination, the Gators will scrimmage at Florida Field on Tuesday, but will close the practice to media and fans.

"We're going to get after it a little bit tomorrow night, not a full scrimmage but we're going to get into some things to help us narrow it down and widdle it down," Zook said.

LINEBACKERS TAKE HITS: Three of Florida's top linebackers sat out of Monday morning's practice with a range of injuries.

While two of the three don't appear to be serious, one could affect the potential playing time of redshirt freshman Brian Crum.

After suffering a stress fracture, Crum will rest for a few days before deciding on a treatment plan.

"There's a couple different options," Zook said. "The option we've decided on is that he wants to try to play here. We're just going to take a couple days to let it calm down. It's not something that will be season ending."

Taurean Charles, who wore a neck brace during Saturday's scrimmage, missed practice to see a neck specialist. Team doctors don't expect any problems, but a diagnosis should be made by tonight's practice.

True freshman Channing Crowder started to practice Monday morning, but a swollen knee forced him to leave early. He is expected to practice tonight.

The Gators practice again this evening until 8:45 p.m. Check back for an updated practice report….

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