Monday Practice Report

Chris Leak will meet on the same field as his brother. But it won't be the way the pair initially expected. Also, DeShawn Wynn could find his way into the starting lineup, but there's a twist. Plus much more...

A year ago, QB Chris Leak seemed to have his mind made up. It was Tennessee or bust. His No. 1 choice. The chance to live a dream.

As you know by now, the fairytale took a twist. Leak, who hoped to backup his older brother C.J. with the Volunteers, didn't like the treatment his sibling received. He later wrote about his distaste in an online diary at

Now, the true freshman is at Florida, making more than the most of his opportunities. Leak says the drama of a year ago is behind him, and his family has moved on.

"I always believe things happen for a reason," said Chris, whose brother is a senior backup quarterback for Tennessee.

But just because the pair will meet on the field Saturday in one of the Southeastern Conference's most intense rivalries, it hasn't halted conversations.

"We talk everyday," Chris said. "We always talk about football. We've been around it our entire lives, and we knew this was coming. It's a big game for us. It always will be."

And no, they don't plan on sharing game plans with one another. Instead, Chris said he will try to prepare as he would for any other game.

"I guess it would be weird seeing your brother on the other team," he said. "But I'm just going to get ready the best ways I can."

WYNN READY IF NEEDED: After one of the most impressive performance from a freshman tailback in Florida history, DeShawn Wynn could be in contention for the starting job this week.

But the decision won't be based off of his four-touchdown evening. Instead, it will depend on the health of senior Ran Carthon.

Carthon bruised his shoulder against the Rattlers. While he returned to action, he remains banged up as the week began.

"It will depend on how Ran is," Zook said. "If Ran's ok, he'll be the starter. If not, DeShawn has been extremely productive. We're pretty fortunate."

Wynn became the first freshman in Florida history to score four touchdowns in a game. Fellow tailback Ciatrick Fason compared the redshirt freshman to former Gator Fred Taylor, who finished his career at Florida with 3,075 yards and 31 rushing touchdowns.

"I call him ‘Baby Fred,'" Fason said.

REVENGE, ANYONE?: During his first trip to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville as Florida's head coach, Zook's name was mispronounced by the public address announcer.

While the coach said he wouldn't instruct anyone in Gainesville to "accidentally" mess up Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer's name, he still remains distraught by the blooper.

"How about that?" said Zook, who was the Volunteers defensive backs coach from 1984-86. "I was there for three years. They did that on purpose."

VOLS-TURNED-GATORS: Leak isn't the only quarterback who nearly went to Tennessee.

The Volunteers also lost out on another Gators quarterback. Ingle Martin, a Nashville native, narrowed his home-state team to the top five.

"I was a Tennessee fan growing up," he said. "But I wasn't really worried about what anyone in Tennessee thought. I had to make a decision for myself."

BACK TO SPEED: OL Jonathan Colon and Anthony Guerrero practiced at full speed Monday. Although Zook said they are not quite 100 percent, he has no reservations they won't be ready for Saturday.

LB Brian Crum, who sat out against FAMU with a stress fracture in his toe, practiced Monday. His status for game day will remain a question until later in the week.

"It's funny," said Zook, on the recent recoveries of several players. "Guys are dinged up, and then we start getting ready for the Southeastern Conference, and everybody gets healthy."

NO. 1 IN SCORING OFFENSE: After posting 161 points in its first three games, Florida became the nation's No. 1 scoring offense heading into Saturday's game against Tennessee.

The Gators lead the country with an average of 53.7 points per game, ahead of Bowling Green, who has averaged 50.7 points per game.

Through two games, Tennessee is ranked 52nd with 29 points per game.

"There's more maturity in terms of knowing what to do," Zook said. "The more you do the same thing, the better you become at it. We know our personnel better, and they know what's expected. Obviously, that's going to result in progress."

Florida has scored more than 60 points in two of the three games.

HILL STILL OUT: True freshman Michael Hill, who has not practiced since arriving in Gainesville, will undergo a muscle biopsy in attempt to pinpoint an unknown health problem.

Hill stood on the sideline during Saturday's game and has begun running and lifting weights.

Hill, a 6-foot-2, 285 defensive lineman, was a First-Team All-State selection from Smiths, Ala. ###

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