GAINESVILLE -- The loss of Cornelius Ingram can be overstated. Not only did the Gators lose one of the best tight ends in the nation, the team is now without a leader perhaps more respected among his peers than even quarterback Tim Tebow.
"It hurts really bad," Louis Murphy said. "My heart really goes out to him and his family. I'm going to dedicate this season to him and (Dorian Munroe)."
The Gators might have plenty of skill position players to make up for the loss of Ingram but Murphy said on Thursday that nobody can replace Ingram's role on the team.
"It's going to hurt a lot losing his leadership and hard work, and I don't mean just not playing out there with him -- when he goes hard, everybody else goes hard," Murphy said. "Nobody can be CI, but we have other players that can step up and make plays. There's not going to be another CI. He's still going to be successful in life and he's still going to get drafted."
Many of you are probably wondering who is going to replace Ingram's offensive production in the line-up. I was wondering the same thing after practice, so I interviewed sophomore tight end Aaron Hernandez and JUCO transfer Carl Moore.
Hernandez is the obvious answer to Ingram's injury. The sophomore told me that he wasn't nearly as good as Hernandez yet but that he was going to work extra hard to be a viable replacement.
Moore, the transfer, said on Thursday that he is practicing with the first-offense at the inside-receiver position. That's any interesting development.
--Adrian Bushell practiced today. That's good news for the Gators. Bushell, a defensive back, was awaiting the OK form the NCAA Clearinghouse.
--Chris Rainey (groin) sat out again.
--True freshman Jeffrey Demps practiced today after his leg cramps on Wednesday. Demps is impressing coaches every day and Meyer said that Demps will see playing time this season.
--Omar Hunter will go full speed tomorrow, according to Meyer. Hunter was recovering from a nagging back injury and not allowed to participate in contact drills.
MAKE SURE TO READ MY STORY ON C.I. IN TOMORROW'S MIAMI HERALD. IT'S GOING ON THE FRONT PAGE.