Meyer: Munroe Out 5-6 Weeks

Practice reports are sometimes a mixed bag and Monday was no exception as Urban Meyer tries to spur on his second unit to push harder and make a move before the season starts. The Florida Gators are a veteran team and the older guys seem poised to make noise again in defending their national championship. The first serious injury to a player in the two-deep was also reported.

The first multi-week to the Florida Gators' two-deep roster happened this weekend when Dorian Munroe came up limping with a knee injury. After an X-ray, it was determined that Munroe would need arthroscopic surgery and would miss several weeks of practice and games.

"The one announcement is Dorian Munroe had a scope and will be out 5-6 weeks," Meyer said. "That hurts us and it hurts him and we love him. He had it done this morning and we were hoping that it wasn't going to need a scope but it did. They told us over the weekend that he had to so he had it done this morning. It's the same knee but nothing to do with the ACL, it was cartilage, a scope."

Meyer said that freshmen Dee Finley and Josh Evans will now be looked on a little heavier to help out in the secondary. Evans has been playing corner, but late last week the though to move him did come up and that looks a little more likely right now.

In other injury news it appears that freshman corner Jeremy Brown is recovering well from a procedure last week to relieve back pain while senior receiver Carl Moore will take a little more time.

"Jeremy felt better the day after the procedure, Carl Moore will be longer," Meyer said.

Meyer's entire starting defense returns along with six starters on offense. Most of that group has practiced very well all Fall, but he wants more from the guys that are supposed to be on their heels.

"I didn't see that today I was hoping to see more," Meyer said about a progression from his team. "They practiced hard. The one's are treated like professionals and go about their business. The two's…I thought I'd see them practice better than they do and expect a little more energy but it was hot. Our ones were battling out there today."

One of the major battles in camp is along the offensive line. Meyer has been pushing four as starters for over a week with Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, and Carl Johnson maintaining a high level of play and earning constant praise. On Monday Meyer changed his tune a bit on Johnson who he says needs to step up.

"Just when you think you got one," Meyer paused to think about a solid starting unit on the line. "You have Matt Patchan and James Wilson…The only real starters right now are Pouncey, Pouncey, and Gilbert. Carl should be in there but he has to stay grinding. The next four to five practices are key for those guys."

Patchan and Wilson have been pushing all fall to start at left tackle and left guard respectively, but Johnson was going to get the spot opposite of the one them that stepped up the most. Now, there is even more competition on the inside of the line. Wilson has been a beast sine the start of fall camp and now freshman center Sam Robey is making noise along with guard Maurice Hurt.

"James Wilson is pushing him, Robey is in there, and the X factor might be Mo Hurt," Meyer said. "You have a little bit of depth there."

Hurt has a neck injury that doesn't bother him but that is a constant worry until he performs in contact. Maurkice Pouncey is still recuperating from offseason shoulder surgery.

"We have been real limited on contact, we are going to wait till next week and let him go play," Meyer said of Hurt. "Him and Maurkice, we have been very cautious because they are in set positions and they are both veteran guys."

The Gators signed five offensive linemen in the 2009 class and Meyer said on Monday he wants to probably play two of them this season. One has been a little dinged up, but he has also really performed well.

"Xavier Nixon has a minor sprain but hasn't missed any practice, just gimping around," Meyer said. "He's a great kid. I'd say him and Halapio…Halapio has taken strides. We are trying to get two freshmen ready to play and we thought it was Jonotthan Harrison and he's doing fine. Right now Halapio and X are starting to make a move. They have maturity and knowledge of the offense. The offensive line takes a little longer to play, much less play as a true freshman."

The other big question in the offense is the replacement of Percy Harvin in the offense. The "H" position is something that is just starting to really get incorporated as the team is done installing the offense. Look for Brandon James to be the main guy there.

"He's a dynamic runner and we have always felt that way," Meyer said of James. "We needed a return guy and didn't need him that much with Percy back there. We are just now starting do all that stuff that we did (last year). The first week and half was just getting the base offense in and now we are doing all that other stuff we did toward the end of last year."

Chris Rainey actually got a bit of time at the "H" on Monday.

"We moved Rainey out there today, he played some of that position," Meyer said. "So you have James, Rainey Demps, and Debose. Percy was so dynamic with the ball in his hands and with the speed and we want to make sure whoever we give the ball there has that. Rainey is one of the fastest guys on the team and has as good of a make you miss, maybe not as good as Percy, but close. We just felt like he could do that."

Andre Debose has been practicing but he has a long way to go as a true freshman to learn the offense.

"He's learning, he's a little behind because of his injury," Meyer said. "He's learning , he practiced today and he's trying."

Meyer has designated two runners to be the "other" back when the "H" goes to the backfield.

"That series (of plays) we are talking about, the lead back, last year it was Kestahn Moore, this year it will be Emmanuel Moody and Jeff Demps," Meyer said. "Of course they will have to carry the ball as well."

Meyer would love for a young receiver like Frankie Hammond, T.J. Lawrence, Andre Debose or others would step up and make noise and help out with depth at the position. That hasn't happened but he likes what he is getting out of the first group of older players.

"The guy that had an excellent practice was Riley Cooper," Meyer said. (He and Deonte Thompson) are our two best and David Nelson had a nice day. When you line up the first four you have Deonte, Coop, David, and Brandon James those are four quality guys and we need to get some backups going.


Meyer said that they are still experimenting in the kickoff return game with a player opposite Brandon James like Kestahn Moore occupied for the three previous seasons.

"Riley's been back there, Mike Gillislee's been back there," Meyer said. "We are also playing around with a Demps and Rainey or Demps and Brandon James combo."

If James were to come out of the game any of four guys could see action as the main returner.

"Joe Haden or Demps will be the back up guy," Meyer said. "Rainey also back there Janoris is also very good too.


Asked about Tim Tebow's injury, Meyer just shrugged it off.

"He's fine," was all that Meyer said.

Tebow came out and laughed all of the injury rumor business off.


Meyer also announced a new scholarship was given to walk-on tight end Chris Coleman.

"We put Chris Coleman on scholarship today," Meyer said. "I love him and he's a great young person, so we put him on scholarship."


Two more stripes were removed among the true freshmen this weekend. Offensive lineman Jon Halapio is the sixth offensive player to lose his stripe while defensive end Kedric Johnson becomes the first defensive player to lose his stripe.

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