Tuesday Practice Report

The best way to keep his players from talking trash? Don't let them talk at all. Coach Ron Zook tells Florida's biggest talker to stay away from the media indefinitely.

The Showstopper has been silenced – at least for now.

Under the instruction of Florida coach Ron Zook, offensive guard Shannon Snell has been asked not to talk to the media as a result of his sharp tongue.

The senior, known for his ability to trash talk, has been kept off limits since the Gators played Miami.

"I told Shannon he just needs to stay away," Zook said.

The day Florida defeated San Jose State, Snell said he hoped his defense was preparing for former Gator Brock Berlin. He said he hoped the unit "hits him in the mouth – makes his mouth bleed."

Zook claimed Snell's comments had been overblown by reporters. "Even Brock said that's how Shannon is," Zook said. "He didn't mean anything by it. That makes it seem like all we do is talk and that's not the case."

CARTHON SAYS HE'S READY: Although coaches said Monday DeShawn Wynn would start if Ran Carthon couldn't return from a bruised shoulder, the senior tailback said he'd be ready to go.

After incurring the injury against Miami, Carthon reagrivated the shoulder againt Florida A&M. Upon clearance from doctors, he claims he's ready to go.

"My shoulder is fine," he said. "It's just one of those things that needs rest and constant treatment."

While Carthon hopes to maintain his starting position, he understand if Wynn, who scored four touchdowns Saturday, plays the first snap.

"Whatever coach decides to go with, I'm perfectly fine with," he said. "I haven't practiced much this week and DeShawn has been producing."

ROCKY S-TOP: As if cornerback Keiwan Ratliff didn't have enough reason to dislike Tennessee's theme song, "Rocky Top," the senior may have even more animosity toward the knee-slappin' tune.

"It drives me crazy," he said. "I really don't like the song. It's a stupid song. Then, when we're playing PlayStation, Guss [Scott] likes to play with Tennessee, so if he's winning they're playing 'Rocky Top.' There's just a lot of things I don't like about that song."

FAMILIAR FACE: When center Mike Degory looked across the huddle Saturday, he started to get a bit nostalgic. After all, he hasn't been used to seeing former high school teammates lining up with him.

But with Joe Cohen seeing time at fullback, the pair from Palm Bay High have returned to their roots.

"That was special," Degory said. "I'd always heard that Joe was going to try to redshirt this year. He comes in the FAMU game, probably had 20 plays or so blocking. It makes me feel good to have another Palm Bay boy playing and all that."


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