Monday Practice Report

Despite a slow start to his much-anticipated career at Florida, Dallas Baker remains content as a backup. After all, as he points to his past, it could be worse....

Maybe you haven't seen him as much as expected. Maybe he hasn't stood out among a deep corps of receivers as much as anyone thought.

But WR Dallas Baker isn't concerned. And he says you shouldn't be, either.

Baker, a former New Smyrna standout, contends it's just a matter of time before he breaks out. In the mean time, the Gators' backup remains patient with his position.

"Look where I came from," said Baker, who delayed his enrollment at Florida because of academic issues. "I went from living in a small town in New Smyrna to some Prep School, not even knowing if I was going to make it a second time. Now I'm finally here? I have nothing to complain about."

What has troubled some observers has been his lack of playing time after the most productive spring of any receiver. The true sophomore, in his first season with the Gators, has caught just eight passes.

Against Ole Miss, Coach Ron Zook held Baker out of the wide receivers rotation for struggling with his routes. His best game of the season came against Miami when he picked up 39 yards.

"I look at it like this," Baker said. "Do you think I was happier catching two passes for the most yards I've had in the Miami game and having everybody calling me saying they saw me on t.v.? Or was I happier barely playing in the LSU game but winning, and having everybody call me saying they saw me on t.v. dancing around? I'd rather win like that than lose against Miami."

Baker saw minimal time against the Tigers and didn't have any passes thrown his way.

"I talk to the older players, and they went through the same exact thing," Baker said. "You can't name too many people who came to the University of Florida and had a big year during their first year."


When DT Kenny Parker made an unexpectedly fast return from arthroscopic knee surgery to play Saturday, he had more incentive than initially thought.

Just before game time, defensive line coach Red Anderson found out his prospective replacement for Parker – DT Marcus Thomas -- injured his ankle.

"He was gimping around pretty good, so we decided not to make it any worse," Anderson said. "I hadn't planned on playing Kenny as much, but because Marcus was hurt we went with him. He wanted to play, but he wasn't really ready. If we would have played him, it probably would've been tough for him to play this week."

As a result, Parker played a majority of the game just 11 days after surgery. Thomas, who made his first career start against Ole Miss because of Parker's absence, was held out of practice Monday. He wore a protective boot, but Anderson said he expects the freshman to return for Saturday's game against Arkansas.


OT Jonathan Colon, who started his first game of the season against LSU, sprained his left ankle Saturday. He wore a protective boot and did not practice Monday. He expects to dress out today…OT Max Starks had two wisdom teeth removed Monday as result of a tooth abscess which held him out against LSU....TB Ran Carthon (hamstring) went through a light workout Monday….TB DeShawn Wynn, who came out of Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, is expected to practice as well…All are expected to return in time for Saturday's game against Arkansas.

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