GAINESVILLE -- Everyone remembers what it took to get Carl Moore to sign with Florida, right? Everyone remembers the mini-controversies his recruitment spawned, correct?
Well, nearly two and half years after UF quarterback Tim Tebow phoned Moore the night Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, the receiver from California still hasn't made good on his side of the deal. Will he ever? That's the question everyone wants to know as spring practice winds down and Moore continues to miss practices. Moore missed his second consecutive practice on Wednesday. UF's spring scrimmage -- the Orange & Blue Debut -- is set for April 10. Will Moore be suiting up for the Gators? On Wednesday, that possibility was left unanswered by UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio.
Addazio said that Moore is dealing with "personal issues" and the coach gave no timetable for Moore's return. Calls to Moore's mother, Jackie Moore, were not returned on Wednesday evening.
Moore stormed off the practice field on Saturday and hasn't been seen since. Are we to assume that Moore's public show of emotion -- he got angry right in front of about a dozen reporters on Saturday -- and his absences since that day are related? It would unfair to Moore to jump to conclusions at this point. All that is certain is that Moore hasn't been practicing and he's not injured. Moore missed all of the 2009 season with an injured back, according to UF coach Urban Meyer. On Wednesday, when asked if Moore was having problems with his back, Addazio reiterated that Moore's problems were "personal" and not physical.
Moore is the only senior receiver on the Gators' roster. This is his final chance to contribute. How will he be remembered? To be continued ...