Gators Getting Healthier

The Florida Gators will need all the bodies they can get when they face No. 3/4 ranked LSU on Saturday night. They took one step closer to getting some of their starters back on Wednesday when Percy Harvin returned to the practice field after missing the first two workouts of the week.

"He practiced," head coach Urban Meyer said after Wednesday's practice. "He didn't go a full practice, but he got to run around a bit. We don't know [if he'll be ready to play]. We'll know more on Friday."

Running back Emmanuel Moody will likely miss Saturday's game against the Tigers, and the other offensive concern is at left guard.

"[Marcus] Gilbert is still a little gimped up," Meyer said. "Jim Tartt practiced a little bit today. Carl Johnson is the starter on Saturday right now."

Facing LSU's defensive line, the Gators will need all the bodies they can get. Meyer has said they have to successfully run the football to beat the Tigers who boast the SEC's third best rushing defense allowing just 69 yards a game.

"They're really good," Meyer said. "They're a big physical defensive line. The best we've faced so far this year."

As for the Gator defense, Meyer said that linebacker Ryan Stamper is ready to go for Saturday as well as safety Will Hill. Defensive tackle Omar Hunter did not make the trip to Arkansas and will probably not dress for LSU.

"He has a sprained ankle," Meyer said. "He's had all kinds of injury issues, but he's working real hard."

Another concern for Florida will be LSU's receivers. The three top receivers for the Tigers are at least 6-2, but the Gator corners are used to facing bigger receivers since they go up against Carl Moore, Louis Murphy and David Nelson every day in practice.

"Our guys see it every day," Meyer said. "Yeah, it's a concern, but our guys practice against it all the time."

Earlier today, the Gators picked up their third commitment from the class of 2010 with safety Matt Elam. Accepting commitments from juniors isn't something that Meyer usually does.

"I was kind of opposed to that," he said. "The ones we have, we know very well. We have changed our philosophy a little bit, but the philosophy is to get to know them and we know these kids really well."

Still, Meyer admits taking a commitment from a high school junior is a risky proposition.

"It's risky," he said. "You're taking them off of sophomore tape. They're playing their junior year right now and we're taking a big risk. But if you know them and you know their families then you know what their all about."


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