PLUS, WHY IS TENNESSEE COACH LANE KIFFIN CALLING THE PALM BEACH POST? Keep reading to find out.
From the newspaper ... Florida Gators' defense dominates in spring practice.
GAINESVILLE -- Florida wide receiver David Nelson tore ligaments in his ankle during Saturday's practice, according to a source.
The injury occurred during Florida's scrimmage. Nelson [PICTURED] limped to the south end zone of the practice field after a collision with safety Ahmad Black. The 6-5 wide receiver was then carted off the field after an examination from a team doctor. Nelson will miss the rest of spring practice but could return for the start of two-a-days, according to the source.
Nelson is one of several players who has fallen injured during a tough and physical spring practice. UF has had seven spring practice and two scrimmages. The Orange and Blue game is on April 18. Offensive lineman James Wilson joined the growing list of injured players on Saturday. He sat out of practice with an injured foot, an ongoing problem for Wilson.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM MEYER'S TRIP TO ATLANTA
Florida coach Urban Meyer flew to Atlanta on Saturday night for a meeting with the Atlanta Gator Club. I'm told a few hundred UF fans packed into a hotel banquet room for an evening with Urban. Meyer spoke about team leadership and the struggles at offensive line and receiver this spring. One of the highlights of the evening involved Meyer telling the crowd that he is a "vindictive type of guy." He then made a hand motion as if to call a timeout. There was no direct mention of Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.
LANE KIFFIN CONTACTS PALM BEACH POST
Speaking of Kiffin, it seems the new UT coach is trying his best to remain relevant in the Florida Gators blogosphere. Kiffin cold called the Palm Beach Post recently to request an interview. Is this simply just a desperate attempt at publicity on a rivals blog? Is this genius? Is this idiotic? Is it excellent gamesmanship or too transparent to even matter?
Back in February during a Tennessee booster/alumni banquet, Kiffin insulted the people of Palm Beach County's city of Pahokee by characterizing it as a poor, backwater place. Kiffin explained to his boosters how difficult it was to get Pahokee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, a Florida commitment, to switch his allegiance to UT. During the same alumni meeting, Kiffin also called Meyer a cheater for calling Richardson while he was on an official visit to Tennessee. (That, of course, is not a violation.)
I can understand Kiffin wanting to clear his name in Pahokee, but calling a newspaper to request his own interview? Is this more bizarre behavior from Tennessee's young coach or is it a smart move? It seems Kiffin wants so badly to remain fresh in the minds of Florida fans that he is now actually calling Florida beat writers and begging for interviews. Seems bizarre to me.