The starting strongside linebacker said Tuesday morning he has made his decision, but Zook, who spoke after McCullough at the weekly media luncheon, denied the finality to be true.
"That's not the page that I'm on," Zook said. "That decision is going to be made by our doctors. They don't know if that's the best thing to do."
Reached at her home in MacClenny, Carolyn McCullough, Todd's mother, said she too believed her son would miss the rest of the season.
Doctors informed McCullough there's a 90 percent chance his shoulder will pop out again within the next year, his mother said. If that happens, McCullough's season likely would be over.
Should he play Saturday, the junior would likely be ineligible for the medical redshirt even if the injury reoccurs.
Carolyn said he was scheduled to go into surgery today, but doctors couldn't fit him in. The procedure has been moved to next week.
McCullough, the most experienced linebacker of the unit, sat out against Florida A&M because of the injury but played against Tennessee.
"It definitely doesn't feel good by any means," he said. "It's a matter of how I went through the whole week. It doesn't feel real stable right now."
As the most criticized aspect of Saturday's loss to Tennessee, the Gators' decision to not run out the clock with 52 seconds in the first half didn't just baffle fans and media.
Turns out, some players were just as confused.
Tailback DeShawn Wynn said he didn't know the Gators had entered a hurry-up offense with the intentions of kicking a field goal.
"I wasn't sure if we were going to run out the clock or get in the two-minute offense," Wynn said. "Coach Zook usually tells the quarterback we're going to get in a hurry-up. I don't think most people got the message relayed to them."
Zook responded to Wynn's comments, suggesting his inexperience may have caused him to misunderstand the situation.
"He hasn't played a whole lot of football games," Zook said. "That's in the learning process."
"Obviously, I'm disappointed," the sophomore said. "This is far from over for me – this year and for my career. I'm four games into my career really. I feel like I have a lot of improving left to do. But Chris has his chance, and hopefully he'll run with it. But I'm not done here yet."
Martin said he remains open to contributing wherever coaches deem appropriate.
"I'm going to try and help this team the best I can since I've been here, whether I was punting, playing receiver or backup quarterback," he said.
However, don't expect to see Martin lined up at wideout. He said he hasn't practiced the position at all, and he had heard no such plans for Saturday.
While Martin didn't rule out the possibility of transferring should he not return to the starting role, he stood by the notion that the season is far from over.
"We're in the middle of the season," he said. "We've barely even started. There's a lot of ball left to play."
BRIEFLY: Don't expect much reaction from Leak after being named the starting quarterback. After all, he described his day's most exciting event as "watching film." "I'm just trying to help my team win," Leak said. "I love playing with my teammates."…OL Max Starks (sprained ankle) missed practice again Tuesday. Zook said if the senior can return by Thursday, he should be capable of starting against Kentucky….