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Practice No.8: The kickers are terrible

23 days until kickoff ... and Tim Tebow spoke Aramaic today then cured a puppy sick with distemper.

GAINESVILLE -- Lightning ended Florida's practice ON TIME tonight. Normally, Urban Meyer extends practice 20 to 30 minutes after it's scheduled to end.

Images -Today was the first day for full pads. No mega hits like on Wednesday when Major Wright turned Chris Rainey (pictured) into a bowl of guacamole.

-Running backs Brandon James, Chris Rainey and Kestahn Moore all broke long gains during team drills. Meyer said that Rainey has a chance to contribute to the Gators' offense this season. (That should be interesting. Tebow: "Green 18! Green 18! Avocado!")

-Someone should test center Drew Miller's right wrist for steroids. His snaps keep soaring over the heads of Florida's quarterbacks. Miller is one of Florida's best linemen, so I'm sure he'll get his rhythm down. But six high snaps during one practice begs the question, "Son, what you been doing with that wrist?"

-Meyer is not happy with the team's place kickers (Joey Ijjas and Jonathan Phillips) and is eager to get a look at invited walk-on freshman Jordan Means, who prepped at Hoover (Ala.) High his senior year. Means has been away from the practice field recovering from mononucleosis and will join the team next week. Good thing kickers are already pretty much quaratined from the rest of the squad.

Meyer: "Hey, Phillip. Yeah, this is Urb. Look, don't worry about flying down from Knoxville this weekend. The boys are pretty sick.

Fulmer, but with an English accent (high class northern London, not cockney): "Good heavens, old boy! Most unfortunate. What in the devil could be wrong?"

Meyer: "They all got mono from the kicker."

Fulmer: "I do say. That IS a kicker. A little crazy in the karzy, eh."

-jo-

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