Combined with the nagging injuries incurred by Ran Carthon and DeShawn Wynn, TB Ciatrick Fason's big game against LSU has bumped him close to the top of the depth chart. The sophomore said he ran with the first team Monday.
"With Ran being out, I went with the first team," Fason said. "DeShawn was behind me. We just don't know what's going to happen."
While Carthon likely will start if he can heal fully from a tweaked hamstring, Fason will be ready to go.
Fason had the best game of his career in Baton Rouge, La., rushing for 92 yards and catching a 35-yard touchdown pass.
His latest advance is a big jump from where he was a week before. Coach Ron Zook suspended Fason from the tailback rotation against Ole Miss for an unspecified reason. He also didn't play against Kentucky.
"It had me kind of frustrated when we were losing and I wasn't playing, so I just had to keep practicing, and my opportunity would come," Fason said. "I was waiting for my opportunity for a long time. When we were on the plane, teammates were telling me I was going to have a coming-out party. I felt when I got the opportunity, I wanted to prove those guys right."
Carthon's latest injury continues a long -- and rather annoying -- trend for the senior. He has been plagued by similar nuisances since spring workouts began.
Groin and hamstring injuries have kept Carthon from producing up to his potential. While he has started every game this season, he has only two more carries (72) than Wynn (70).
""It happens," Carthon said. "You just have to deal with it. I'm just getting in hours and hours of treatment a week."
But it's not as if Carthon hasn't been effective. Against LSU, Carthon had picked up 72 total offensive yards with one touchdown before the first quarter ended. Soon after, he left with the injury.
"Fortunately for me, I have guys behind me that won't miss a beat," Carthon said.
LB Channing Crowder unofficially has crept up the depth chart as Florida's best talker. Crowder, a true freshman, may be close to replacing former quote machine Shannon Snell, who has been sidelined from the media since the Miami game.
Crowder's quotes have been so solid, players actually hung them on the locker-room walls as motivational material. Here's his take on the Gators' latest victory:
"Right now, it's just like dating a girl," Crowder said. "We've had one good date, but if the next date's not good, she might not call you back. Winning the SEC, that's like getting married."
And what does Crowder think about Arkansas TB Cedric Cobbs?
"I'm not scared of any man until they have to crank him up with a key in the morning," he said.
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