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MLB Brandon Spikes questionable for season opener

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GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that Brandon Spikes is questionable for the Gators' season opener on Saturday due to a foot injury.

Meyer didn't elaborate but said that the foot injury is a "lingering" problem. Spikes led the Gators in tackles in 2007 and, according to teammates and coaches, has asserted himself as a team leader this offseason.

Redshirt junior Ryan Stamper is listed as Spikes' back-up on the Gators' depth chart.

Gator Clause asked Meyer one question during Monday's press conference and received a pretty good answer. Meyer mentioned that the defensive coaches plan on using three-linemen sets at times. Here's the question and Meyer's answer:

GATOR CLAUSE: If you go to that three linemen set, who are going to be the three linemen and who will be the linebackers?

"There are just too many groupings. We have one where it's 3-3-5 where it's five defensive backs and an extra linebacker. [Linebacker] Brandon Hicks will play a lot and also [cornerback] Joe Haden will go to nickel and [cornerback] Janoris Jenkins will come in when we play five defensive backs. We'll play a lot of the game like that where [Haden] will move inside and we'll go with Janoris or [cornerbacks] Jacques Rickerson and Wondy [Pierre-Louis] on the outside and two safeties, Ahmad Black and Major [Wright]. That will be a big chunk of our game.

"Linemen will be Carlos Dunlap, Jermaine Cunningham and Lawrence Marsh but then you have [Justin] Trattou and [Matt] Patchan, we'll find out if [Patchan] goes. You're going to see a lot of players playing on defense. A lot of rotation going and that's advantage us because one of the hardest things in sports is to rush a quarterback. You rush him 60 times a game you're usually toast after three series so the ability to rotate guys on the pass rush is going to be key. You'll see Duke [Lemmens] play as well.

"William Green will play. He's a true freshman. He's 218, 219 pounds right now. A couple more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, get him up to 221. He's going to play on defense a lot. He's a really good player. You will enjoy watching him play."




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