Trautwein Out Indefinitely

Phil Trautwein was supposed to have an All-SEC caliber season, but all that is on hold now. The senior offensive tackle has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot that will keep him sidelined for an indefinite amount of time.

Urban Meyer was visibly affected after Wednesday's practice when discussing the extent of Trautwein's injury.

"It stinks for the player, that's the hardest thing as a coach," Meyer said. "He's a captain. It's a big loss, a huge loss. The good thing is that it's an area where there is a little bit of depth and a little bit of competition."

Meyer said he has no indication of how much time Trautwein will miss, but he dismissed any discussion of the veteran being redshirted. Jason Watkins will move from right tackle to left tackle to fill Trautwein's spot for Saturday's season opener against Western Kentucky. Carlton Medder moves from guard to right tackle and true freshman Maurkice Pouncey will start at right guard.

"When you lose a very fine offensive lineman, that's not something that happens every day, but in the same breath we've worked really hard to prepare number six, number seven, number eight, number nine," offensive line coach Steve Addazio said. "That's what football is all about, in our conference. It's our job to make sure the next guy is ready to go. Maurkice Pouncey will be ready to step up, and he's done a wonderful job."

Pouncey has moved his way up the depth chart despite being just a true freshman, but he also had the benefit of early-enrolling and going through spring camp.

"He's prepared himself really well," Addazio said. "He's a tough guy. He's got a grasp of the offense. He competes like crazy and I‘m real excited about him. I'm really looking forward to watching him play."

Trautwein also backed up Drew Miller at center, but the other Pouncey twin will now slide into that role.

"Mike Pouncey, he's ready," Addazio said. "If something were to happen where he needs to get into that game, then he's ready. That's our mindset. Nothing has changed. We've got the next center ready to go, the next guard ready to go and the next tackle ready to go. You can't have it any other way."

"We have a solid backup at every position," center Drew Miller said. "We've been switching up the lines throughout all of two-a-days. We have a bunch of guys that can play different positions, so we're good."

Even with the loss of Trautwein, the Gators' front five is still full of experience.

"We have a veteran group out there," Addazio said. "Jason Watkins has had an unbelievable preseason camp. It's all about communication, and we believe that the older guys help the younger guys. There's to be no miscommunication."

Meyer said they're not sure when Trautwein suffered the injury, and the stress fracture is a reoccurring one.

"It's his third stress fracture and I think it might be the same foot," Meyer said. "I thought it was a sprained ankle. I almost fell out of my chair. He had a couple in high school as well."

Miller said that Trautwein was out at practice, helping out Addazio.


  • There was some good news coming out of Gators' practice. Meyer said the team had another good workout and continue to move towards being game ready.
  • Cornerback Markihe Anderson did not practice on Wednesday, and Meyer said he is definitely out for Saturday's game. Anderson has a sprained right knee.
  • True freshman tailback Bo Williams is out for six weeks with a dislocated ankle.
  • There is still no word on the status of freshman defensive tackle John Brown. He is awaiting academic clearance from the NCAA, but Meyer is still saying everything they hear is good.

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