Beal out with ACL

The injuries continue to mount for the Florida Gators, and now it's causing Urban Meyer to adjust his practice schedule. A scrimmage was originally scheduled for today, but it's been moved to tomorrow instead to make sure the guys that need the most work can be ready.

"There are nine guys who couldn't go today and need the game reps, so we should have a really lively day tomorrow," Urban Meyer said. "Basically we have two more scrimmages before the game. We had a really good situational day today."

Freshman linebacker Brendan Beal tore his ACL yesterday, making it the fifth torn ACL for the Gators since the spring. Safeties John Curtis and Dorian Munroe both tore their ACLs over the summer, CI on the second day of fall practice, and offensive lineman Jim Barrie tore his just three days ago.

"You have three preseason ACLs, two before the season and then CI on day two," Meyer said. "Then we had Jim Barrie kind of get overpowered and then Brendan yesterday got tugged on his shoulder. We've gone over everything and that's our job to make sure of. But we follow the same routine. We research everything we do. Last year was a high ankle sprain, two years was the shoulder injuries, but five ACLs that's a bad deal."

Other minor injuries have also plagued the Gators. Freshman safety Will Hill sat out the last two days with a concussion as did Moses Jenkins, Markihe Anderson is out with a sprained wrist, Louis Murphy has a sprained ankle and Jeremy Brown is out with back spasms.

"It's frustrating when guys are hurt, but at the staff meeting this morning I drew up the offensive line and when everyone's healthy, we have a pretty good looking football team," Meyer said. "Now, it looks like the hungry five out there."

On a positive note, Chris Rainey is back to full strength after resting a sore groin for a couple of days. Omar Hunter is also working his way into contact drills, as is Matt Patchan. Percy Harvin is still off and on and will not participate in tomorrow's scrimmage.

Moore Improving

Meyer listed transfer wide receiver Carl Moore as one of Florida's most improved from the spring. Defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert also were singled out by Meyer.

"Gilbert is playing like a starter right now," Meyer said. "Lawrence Marsh is head and shoulders above the rest."

But Moore is making a name for himself with two starting wide receivers sitting out with injuries.

"I told him I was crushed in the spring," Meyer said. "It wasn't very good. An athlete that's thinking instead of reacting isn't very good, and he was doing a lot of thinking. He's one of Tim's favorite targets right now. They worked all summer and you can tell they worked all summer."

NOTES

  • William Green was the first freshman to have his striped removed from his helmet. The ritual is part of Meyer's way of working the freshmen onto the team. Once they've done enough in practice to prove themselves, a black stripe is removed from their helmet. Jeff Demps, Frankie Hammond and Janoris Jenkins have also had their stripes removed.

  • Meyer is confident that the offensive line goes almost two-deep. After the starters, he listed Gilbert, Carl Johnson, Maurice Hurt and James Wilson as likely candidates to play.

  • With an injury to Dustin Doe and now to Beal, Lerentee McCray is going to be worked into the mix at linebacker. Said Meyer, "Lerentee McCray is going to play. We're going to have to get him into special teams and ready to go."

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