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Duke Lemmens gearing up for the storm; Plus Meyer's (lack of) thoughts on Rainey vs. Harvin

FYI, folks. Gator Clause will be away from Gainesville on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping The Miami Herald's news section with tropical storm/hurricane coverage...If I can't get around to posting on Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday, then you guys will know why...

GAINESVILLE -- Gator Clause is gearing up for Tropical Storm Fay and so is Florida defensive end Duke Lemmens. Lemmens, a sophomore from sunny California, said on Monday that he's going to invest in an umbrella for the storm.

LemmensNeedless to say, Lemmens [PICTURED], a sophomore, got a few laughs from reporters today with that statement. Lemmens praised junior linebacker Brandon Spikes for his leadership during fall camp. Lemmens also said that the attitude of the defense is an improvement from last year and that "everyone is taking pride in what they're doing."

"The D-line is as close as I've ever seen it," said Lemmens, a back-up end. "It's the same with the [linebackers] and everyone is following Spikes and he is leading for us. He's doing an incredible job being a leader for us."

--Omar Hunter practiced with the team on Monday. Hunter has been limited to individual workouts due to his sore back. Lemmens is impressed with Hunter's potential but also said that Hunter is still out of shape.

"It was so good to see [Hunter] out there today," Lemmens said. "Coming out of high school so highly recruited, it's hard on someone's ego but he has always kept a level head. I know it's really good for him to be out there.

"He looks very explosive off the ball and I even saw get up into the Pouncey's a little bit, which shows his strength. Everyone here knows what the Pouncey's can do."

--When asked, Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that he did not discipline receiver Percy Harvin for his fight with redshirt freshman Chris Rainey. Meyer acted like he either didn't know about the fight or isn't worried about it.

"That's a minor thing," Meyer said. "Fights during practice happen every once in a while."

--Florida might cancel one practice this week due to Tropical Storm Fay. Meyer said on Monday that the Gators are ahead of schedule and could afford to cancel one practice. He would prefer, however, to practice through the week.

"I worry about the weather," Meyer said. "We can't have wasted time. So we're making sure our plan is in order because we can't just waste practices."

Meyer said he plans to conduct two practices on Wednesday and simulate a scrimmage against Hawaii on Tuesday. Back-ups will play the role of Hawaii.

--Carl Moore and David Young have lost their newcomer helmet stripes.

-jo-

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What about Matt Patchans? Was he at practice?

So, lets see - Urban does not even think its a serious issue and here we have our resident buffoon trying to make a story out of nothing. Why do you try to dig up dirt on the gators program and not report what is actually happening.

i am surprised Young has lost his stripe. from what i remember about recruiting,he missed his entire senior season and was not expected to be ready to play at all for at least another year.

Spike,

Nice comment by you, dude. I was thinking the same thing.

UF Peru,

Patchan still isn't completely healthy. He is practicing, though. Meyer says he's close.
Jack,

Think before you write. (Don't worry, I, too, have this problem sometimes.) Me pointing out that Meyer doesn't care about the fight disproves your comment. Why do you think I wrote it as a straight-news blog post? Obviously not to cover up what Meyer said on Monday just because it doesn't jive with my Sunday podcast. I couldn't care less. I'm telling you what actually happened. Again, the podcast was an opinion based on my observations from covering the Gators nearly EVERY DAY. That's the way the Sunday podcast is going to work the entire season. Trust me, I'm not sitting around Gainesville thinking of ways to undermine your team. I'm thinking of different ways to communicate important information and ideas to UF and college football fans.

-jo-

Jo-

I know some peole in Gainesville (I'm out of state myself) that have intentioins of physically harming you if they see you in person, due to all the stuff you are writing in your blogs. Just writing this to forewarwarn you, as I don't want to read about a journalist getting beat up in the news. Take care, and do be careful since some fans take this stuff more seriously than you think (again, not me, but other yahoos).

Posted by: GumbyGator | August 19, 2008 at 10:58 AM

are f'ing serious? what the hell does that solve. If you have issue's then argue the merits of your issues like an intelligent and mature human.

some of you are embarrassing

"I know some peole in Gainesville (I'm out of state myself) that have intentioins of physically harming you if they see you in person"

What an incredibly stupid thing to say.

Jo, You took it on the chin with the whole "cradled" flap. I do agree with everyone that Tim's use of that word was in reference to the injury alone. That said, you are next to the team every almost every day and see and hear little things that none of us do. The statements that are made publicly (see: Tebow press conference) don't necessarily paint a true picture of what is actually happening. There is no way in the world Tim would say something like," oh, yeah, Percy is a huge distraction, just cares about himself...."

My first thought upon hearing your podcast was that you must have first hand knowledge of the situation since you stand on the sidelines. Considering Percy's personality, I don't have a tough time believing what you were asserting. Isn't the writing on the wall on this one Gator fans?

I , like many other Gator fans, appreciate your information pipeline. I've never questioned the accuracy of what you report. I instead choose to believe that what you reported on P.H. took more balls than anything else as you risk being shunned. It looks like Gator fans were mesmerized by Tim's glowing statements about Harvin.

You provide free accurate information to me daily about a team that I'm highly anxious to watch. I appreciate that. Don't let the disbelieving ire of these pissed off fans to sway you in your daily pursuit of team happenings.

Respect.

It has come to this, huh. Ah, college football: the great opiate of the people. Gotta love it!

-jo-

Goodman, you write some crap and hope it sticks. Why didn't you try to confirm your take on Percy with many other sources. Urban/Tebow and many others obviously feel different on this issue. Do you realize the adverse impact such innuendo can have on a 19-20 yr old kid and his NFL stock? So, is this the first fight on the UF football team you are watching?

Why did you comfortably leave out Rainey's comments where he says that both of them were frustrated?


"Urban/Tebow and many others obviously feel different on this issue"
-Jack

. The statements that are made publicly (see: Tebow press conference) don't necessarily paint a true picture of what is actually happening. There is no way in the world Tim would say something like," oh, yeah, Percy is a huge distraction, just cares about himself...."

Quit drinking the Meyer/Tebow Kool-aid. Meyer knew exactly what happened. He chose to downplay it. Tim was toeing the company line.

haha...nice to see that the only ppl agreeing with badman's posts are scUM moles...

Of course our resident gator hater badman wants to play to the audience here.

No mole here. I went to my first UF game in 1975. Doug Dickey was the coach and my brother and I would chant "Dubose ...Dubose..Dubose."

I just don't automatically believe everything that is said in a press conference and you shouldn't either. Don't execute the messenger Jack. Goodman does a good job. Just because you don't like his take on the situation doesn't mean he's fabricating. Dude is around the team all the time. I promise you that every beat writer leaves out things that reflect poorly on a team. Percy is no angel. Get over it.

Dude, are people still flipping out about this Percy Harvin thing? Who cares? First of all, obviously it was written/stated with a bias. Which kind of undermines the point of getting the information from a professional journalist. Journalism is supposed to be objective. When you're intentionally picking off and cramming Tebow's words into a mold that you need to support your argument, you're obviously not approaching the issue fair-mindedly. And don't bother defending the use of that Tebow quote. It's not defensible. The quote was clearly misrepresented. And because of that, any objectivity with which you could have made your point about Percy was compromised. Not a big deal, but just move on from the Percy thing.

But more importantly, it doesn't even matter. Michael Jordan punched Steve Kerr in the face in a team practice once. The Bulls won the championship that year and set the record for the best regular season record ever -- 72-10. Chemistry doesn't equate to getting along. You need to know how to play with your teammates, and you need to be able to trust your teammates' abilities. You don't have to like them. Until/unless Tebow starts to doubt Percy's ability to get open and catch the ball, I don't really care. And Percy does not need to help mentor Chris Rainey or anyone else. He's a great player because he's fast as hell, incredibly skilled, and strong. Not because he's a football guru. There's no secret he's got to tell Rainey that Rainey can't learn from coaches or other teammates.

I used to have a subscription from GatorCountry but had to give it up because it was like reading Pravda. If everything wasn't company line people would call me out. I'm tired of not being able to talk about the good and bad about my Gators. As to the guy threatening violence against Jo, you should hook up with the defamation attorney from the last thread.

LOL @ bullg8rdaddyOf2

Why tell us your real name, bud?

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