Wounded Gun?

The Ole Miss quarterback has seen it accomplished. He was a part of the festivities and remembers it to this day. The same scenario approaches again Saturday, and he hopes for similar results with him playing a vital role this time. That is if he is healthy enough to take the field.

Seth Adams was in Vaught-Hemingway the last time Florida invaded Oxford. It was in 2002 when the Rebels stunned the top-10 Gators. Adams rushed the field with the other fans and even took home some souvenir turf. It is a great memory for a lifelong Rebel supporter.

"I ran down there, but I didn't know what to do," Adams joked. "That was a fun game. I was just in awe. Hopefully, we can do it this year."

This time Florida is ranked third and coming off a 40-point whitewashing of Tennessee. Adams is excited about the chance, but he must prove healthy first.

The senior suffered a sprained shoulder during the second half of last week's game against Vanderbilt and is questionable for this weekend. The injury is an AC joint type one separation. Pain is the main symptom, and there is no structural or ligament damage.

"I hurt it on that first down run that I had," Adams explained. "It wasn't hurting that bad, and then I fell right on it when I took a sack on that last play before I came out. It was hurting bad. I threw one more pass to Marshay, and then I knew it was time. Tim (Mullins) was monitoring me, and I told him that I couldn't get much on the ball."

The shoulder is sore, but the Holly Springs native has full range of motion and is going through rehabilitation with ice, stretching and rubber band treatment. Talking to Adams, not much doubt surfaces about his availability.

"I expect to play," he said. "Like I said, it is sore, but it's not a big deal. I am doing everything I can to be in there."

Adams is optimistic, but Coach Ed Orgeron didn't seem as positive during his press conference earlier in the day.

"I don't think Seth's going to practice most of the week," Orgeron said. "I really think it comes down to gametime. We'll try Brent (Schaeffer) and Michael Herrick and see. Probably Brent would be the starter. But he's going to have a good week of practice. His consistency has gotten better. He's improved in the things I asked him to do. He has been good so far."

Schaeffer threw a touchdown on his first pass of the year, but he finished the day with four consecutive incompletions, albeit with limited protection and the clock ticking against him. Orgeron sounded as though Adams was doubtful, but the quarterback is in good spirits.

Adams hadn't spoken with the coaches about his condition or practice status, and he seemed unsure of how much a lack of practice would affect his play.

"Monday is for going over mistakes and getting some running in," Adams said. "We go over plays, but I don't know because I've never been in this situation before. I plan to practice this week, and we just have to see how it goes."

If 100 percent, Adams has been effective and done nothing to open back up the quarterback competition. Through three games, he has thrown for 660 yards and five touchdowns against two interceptions. Also, Adams has completed 59 percent of his passes.

However, if injured, Florida wouldn't be the team to face at less than perfect health. Schaeffer is mobile and has an element that can be effective as long as his passing is on point. The latter was a problem during most of the 2006 season when he started all 12 games.

Adams' practice on Monday probably gave a good indication of his capability after throwing passes and testing the shoulder. The verdict is still out, but the senior is excited and looking forward to the opportunity that playing Florida presents.

"It is huge. For me, it is my only chance to play Florida. They have been such a dominant program. I am looking forward to this game. I have to get ready to play and prepare hard."

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