Ingram Sits Out Practice

The Florida Gators may have suffered their first casualty during fall camp. Senior tight end Cornelius Ingram missed Wednesday's practice after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday's 1-on-1 drills.

"He has a strained knee and we're waiting on MRI results right now," Urban Meyer said. "I don't know much more than that right now."

Meyer said the injury is in Ingram's left knee, and he should learn more about the senior's situation tonight or tomorrow morning. Ingram is a preseason All-SEC selection and one of only nine scholarship seniors on the roster.

Ingram's not the only one who was sidelined today. Redshirt freshman running back Chris Rainey was at practice, but didn't work out. Rainey is nursing a sore groin.

"Rainey has a groin injury that he's had since track," Meyer said. "They're going to shut him down for a couple days, but he's doing some upper body stuff."

Defensive lineman Justin Trattou was also out with the flu, but Meyer expects him to be back on Thursday.

Bad Day in Pads

It was the first fall practice in pads for the Gators, but it wasn't a good workout according to Meyer. The team had to run wind sprints after a three-hour workout.

"Today wasn't very good," Meyer said. "It was a disappointing practice today. It was a lack of intensity and when people used to talk about the Gators they talked about relentlessness pursuit of the football. That comes from the leaders. It comes from the seniors. It comes from the Ray McDonalds those kinds of players. The common theme is that those are older players that had a leadership value. Right now we're expecting some of our leaders to pick it up and go and we're a young team. In some areas, were real young still."

Neither side of the ball practiced particularly well on Wednesday, and after the workout, Meyer evaluated the defense after three days.

"For a Gator defense, we're probably a little bit behind," he said. "Compared to last year, we're probably a little bit ahead. There are some players that we're pleased with. Dustin Doe had a good summer and he's carried it over through three practices. But overall, for a Gator defense, we're behind."


  • Freshman defensive tackle Omar Hunter was held out of contact drills, but took part in every other drill. Meyer expects him to be in contact on Friday. Said Meyer, "He's had the back injury. He's a great kid, we just have to get him going."

  • Freshman running back Jeff Demps had a day with mixed results. When he had the ball, he was untouchable, but he struggled with the quarterback exchange fumbling several times. Said Meyer, "It's not going to sit well, but overall Demps took part in some contact drills and his toughness is not an issue."

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