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Carl Moore moves from Lost to Found, plus other news and notes

By Mike-Mike McCall

Poor Joe is stuck covering the Final Four this weekend, so I get to sit in the big-boy chair today. The big news at practice was the return of receiver Carl Moore, who was back out there after missing the last two practices for "personal issues."

Urban Meyer seemed pretty accepting of Moore's time off. Then again, I guess he can't slam someone for taking a leave of absence, can he?

“It’s spring. Things happen, and you just have to take care of business," Meyer said. "He had some personal issues that had nothing to do with school or legal issues. He’s good. Young guys every once in a while go through something. He’s fine, but he does have to be a player for us. Has to be.”

Moore's brief disappearance did earn him at least a temporary demotion, though. Toward the end of practice, the Gators alternated drives between the first- and second-team offenses beginning at the far 30-yard line with 50 seconds on the clock. Moore mostly ran with the second team, where quarterback Trey Burton looked happy to have him. On one of those drives, Burton threw to more six times. Moore caught three but left the field after dropping the last one.

On that play, Moore ran a fly route against cornerback Jaylen Watkins, who had him covered tight. The 6-foot-3 Moore was hoping for a jumpball, but the pass was a bit short and he dropped it. A totally catchable pass, and not a bad throw considering the fact that Moore had no separation, but Moore complained that the pass wasn't "on point" and jogged to the sideline frustrated. Not a big deal--I've done the same thing playing flag football--just not the type of behavior you want to see from a redshirt senior who needs to be a team leader.

Hallandale High grad Frankie Hammond filled in for Moore the most with the first team, and he said Moore's time off wasn't a big deal.

“It’s just like if a guy were to get hurt," Hammond said. "If someone goes down, someone steps in to fill those shoes. It’s like a gametime situation. He went down, somebody else filled his shoes, he came back and just fit right in.”

A few other notes of interest:

-As if we needed more confirmation of this, Jeff Demps is really, really fast. He's still with UF's track and field team, and he won the 100-meter dash at the Florida Relays on Friday. Demps ran a 10.11, the fastest time recorded in the event this year in the world.

-Dwyer grad Matt Elam has really impressed the coaches at safety since enrolling earlier this semester. Meyer gushed a bit about him Friday: “Matt Elam will play next year. He’s earned that right already. He’s a hell of a player.”

-Meyer met with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (yep, I can spell that without looking it up) for advice about taking a leave of absence. “I went up there and talked to him for a little while. I didn’t really meet with many guys, just my closest friends. He went through something where he had a health issue and took a year off, and I think the biggest thing I learned from him — without giving it much detail — is he surrounded himself with a pack of people he really trusts. If you look at his staff, they’re all former players, and he can do that because it’s such a small staff. I think that’s important, to get that foxhole mentality with guys who care about you and you care about them.”

-Justin Trattou and Mike Pouncey are the team captains, and Meyer singled out Will Hill, Ahmad Black, Janoris Jenkins and Jelani Jenkins as the other players who have stepped up into leadership roles this spring.

-There was a lot of talk last year about using more of a two-quarterback system with Tim Tebow and John Brantley. That never happened, but Meyer says this season will be that way, most likely with tight end Jordan Reed, who has worked out of the Wildcat.

“I think we do because we have to," Meyer said. "On 3rd-and-3, I know what we want to do, and Johnny isn’t probably going to do it because he’s not that kind of player. Everyone said we just ran Tim because he’s a great player, and that’s partially true, but the other part is because in a single-wing offense, you’re plus-one in the run game. Jordan Reed has proven he can do it, and this Trey Burton cat can run real well too. I think this will probably be the year we actually do it, a little bit like when we played Tim and Chris Leak.”

-Meyer also said the field cornerback position (opposite Janoris) still isn't set. Coral Springs native Moses Jenkins is the starter there for now, but Jeremy Brown, Adrian Bushell, Watkins and Josh Shaw are all in the running. I doubt this gets set until fall.

Also, Meyer kept up his streak of getting violent with reporters. After his Q&A session was over, he gave me a slap on the chest. If it bruises I'm calling the cops tomorrow. Hopefully he closes every press conference this year by striking a reporter. If that happens, Joe better watch it. He has a very hittable face.

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Posted by: We are building something down here | April 07, 2010 at 08:59


Damn, You were still thinking of timmy sprawled out on the field while watching the Wisconsin game? You must have been traumatized by that turn of events. You better hope Brantley stays upright this year because if he does'ent it will be uglier than it allready is.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Florida defensive tackle Gary Brown, kicked off the team following his arrest in February, has settled his battery case.

He agreed to deferred prosecution with the state attorney's office. The deal gives Brown six months of probation, a $150 fine or 12 hours of community service.

He also must pay $50 for the cost of prosecution and undergo alcohol abuse evaluation and/or treatment. The official paperwork will be filed Tuesday.

Brown, one of the top defensive recruits in the nation in 2009, was arrested Feb. 14 on two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from an incident at an off-campus party.

One woman told police Brown slapped her in the face. Another said he slapped her arms.

Brown was a redshirt last season.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Florida defensive tackle Gary Brown, kicked off the team following his arrest in February, has settled his battery case.

He agreed to deferred prosecution with the state attorney's office. The deal gives Brown six months of probation, a $150 fine or 12 hours of community service.

He also must pay $50 for the cost of prosecution and undergo alcohol abuse evaluation and/or treatment. The official paperwork will be filed Tuesday.

Brown, one of the top defensive recruits in the nation in 2009, was arrested Feb. 14 on two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from an incident at an off-campus party.

One woman told police Brown slapped her in the face. Another said he slapped her arms.

Brown was a redshirt last season.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Florida defensive tackle Gary Brown, kicked off the team following his arrest in February, has settled his battery case.

He agreed to deferred prosecution with the state attorney's office. The deal gives Brown six months of probation, a $150 fine or 12 hours of community service.

He also must pay $50 for the cost of prosecution and undergo alcohol abuse evaluation and/or treatment. The official paperwork will be filed Tuesday.

Brown, one of the top defensive recruits in the nation in 2009, was arrested Feb. 14 on two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from an incident at an off-campus party.

One woman told police Brown slapped her in the face. Another said he slapped her arms.

Brown was a redshirt last season.

Posted by: we lead the country in arrests | April 07, 2010 at 09:15 AM

Dont be so hard on Gary. I mean whats the harm in A little purse fight amongst girls?

Pick One Cane Tards ... says:
April 7, 2010 at 4:34 am
When ?

When I said by posting at 5:00am you must have gotten your paper route done early boy was I wrong! It was 4:30am. I hope you were wearing A helmet.

I too support all the Florida schools when it does not affect UM.

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | April 04, 2010 at 08:13 AM

gaturds lose 5 this year no doubt, Bama absolutely, FSU, UGA, And LSU for sure at Tenn maybe.
Jacory played all the games last year unlike that panzy Timmy.

Posted by: This stadium sponsored by Hamburger Helper Meatloaf Flavor...Sometimes U just gotta have it | April 07, 2010 at 09:33 AM


Whatever you do dont give up your paper route because you wont make it as a private dick. But you keep blaming Sarasota for trashing this site now ya hear.

Posted by: try that middle from the "I" demps!! | April 07, 2010 at 09:36


I hate to correct the good work you're doing but tebow did not miss any games.

you gotta have one of these to run the I.
And you dont
http://www.sbnation.com/2010/3/6/1360458/miami-hurricanes-scrimmage-pat-hill

When are Ufelons going to play a real schedule lol? Citadel, Troy, Montana state, Broward College lmao. The last time UF went out of state for out of confernce game..........1991 yes that's 20 YEARS cupcake anyone? it's my birthday lmao. Oh yea let me guess your response...... UM hasn't won since the 80'S?
( 91 champs played for 93 title and 94 title won 2001 title and played in 02) but keep up the history lessons lol yet u say we haven't won in so long yet we STILL hav more TITLES than UFelons lmao and we play a real schedule Ohio State and Pitt and Vatech preseason Top 10. F$U and Gtech and UNC and pre season top 25 Thats six teams excluding Clemson who could crack the ap 25. Your schedule dosnt come close !!!! 1 win against The U in 20 years changes NOTHING and 1-4 THIS DECADE against The U, ALL FACTS!!!!

Is this the year cane clowns?

Can't use the "we are too young" excuse this year.

What's it going to be this year?

Will this be the new excuse "Our president doesn't care about football and stopped paying players off thru pell grant money"?

No coach, no stadium, no fan base, no attendance. Why even keep the doors open?

There will be a new movie about um soon titled "The rise and extinction of um football"

you guys suck and deep down inside you know it. you know your time came and went.a small private school with limited funds got eaten by the big fish.

the fade haircuts and gold teeth will need to find a new team to follow.

the fade haircuts and gold teeth will need to find a new team to follow.


Posted by: Donna Shalala | April 07, 2010 at 01:16 PM

And after this year the no teeth and mullet haircuts will have to find A new team to follow.

If the gators had the balls to play the Canes this year Florida would LOSE. In A way I would love to see the Canes and gators play in A bowl game. On the other hand that would mean it would not be A BCS bowl because the gators are going to go 9 - 4 next year at best.

How irionic that gator fan says Miami fans live in the past. So what constitutes the past? The way I see it florida is the defending champion of nothing. Take your head out of the sand and really look at your team since you did anything that is relevent. The coaching staff alone is completely different than those championship teams besides urban. I know he thinks he walks on water but you have to have good assistants and none of yours have proved anything. People were calling for Addazios head last year. Florida has recruited well the last few years and now it's time to see if they can produce because ALOT of young players are going to play critical roles this year. The ONLY gator unit I would give the edge to over Miami is O line.

2009 offensive leaders: Florida


PASSING ATT COMP YDS TD
T. Tebow 314 213 2895 21
RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD
T. Tebow 217 910 4.2 14
J. Demps 99 745 7.5 7
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
A. Hernandez 68 850 12.5 5
R. Cooper 51 961 18.8 9


2009 offensive leaders: Miami


2009 Team Leaders
PASSING ATT COMP YDS TD
J. Harris 406 242 3352 24
RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD
G. Cooper 134 695 5.2 4
D. Berry 93 616 6.6 8
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
L. Hankerson 45 801 17.8 6
L. Byrd 33 460 13.9 1


Miami returns everyone of these players. The gators return ONE!

The truth is that U have nobody to protect the guy that delivers the ball U MORON.

U get crushed by physical teams.

UM returns cooper????lmao..good luck

wow...Byrd has ONE Td...

Ur an idiot

You're defense is lightweight and gets pushed around by physical teams and that won't be different in 2010

Oh snap! It's real quiet in here. Wheres all the you gots no stadium, you gots no fans gator homers at now. The truth laid the smack down.

wow...Byrd has ONE Td...


Yes and 17 others caught A total of 25. All of them return by the way except for three.

Enough mediocrity at UM...that goes for football too.
UM has never settled for mediorcity in football, baseball, and we shouldn't have to do so in basketball either.
GO CANES!!

Posted by: UMike | April 02, 2010 at 08:03 AM

Get used to it fatboy. The Garg gutted U...lmao

UM returns cooper????lmao..good luck

Actually he most likely will. The bad thing for him is the RB position is so deep he wont get A lot of touches even if he is 100%.

Posted by: Lesbos-R-Us | April 07, 2010 at 03:14 PM

Pot calling the kettle black there turd tard.

http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_37395770-0a3c-11df-a650-001cc4c03286.html

The main reason the canes schedule those out of conference games is that U need the money. Keep scheduling them, it ain't helping U win the ACC Coastal cause let alone NC...u gots 5 - be happy!

U live in a .500 world of delusion dumb canefan

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