1 » Earlier this week, ESPN‘s Kirk Herbstreit broke down Saturday’s game between the No. 2 Florida Gators and No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks on the network.
2 » After releasing a star-filled injury report earlier in the week, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said Thursday that it looks like almost all of his big-name players will be in action on Saturday against Florida. The one exception, of course, is defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, who has an injured shoulder but will also be suspended for punching a player during last week’s game against LSU. Running back Marcus Lattimore (hip) is still not slated to start but is expected to play after going through a full practice on Thursday. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (foot) is also good to go, as are a number of players who were hit with a flu bug over the course of the week, Spurrier said.
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3 » Former Florida first baseman Matt LaPorta, now a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, underwent hip surgery on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. A former first-round pick, LaPorta has played like anything but during the four seasons in which he has seen action at the MLB level. He has produced 31 career homers but has yet to be as productive as he was during his rookie year in which he smacked seven dingers and registered 21 RBIs while hitting .254 in 52 at bats.
4 » Speaking of injuries, a pair of former Gators now playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers got dinged up in last Thursday’s game. Center Maurkice Pouncey injured his knee early in the first quarter on a routine play. He was able to return to practice Thursday with a brace on his sprained knee and is expected to play Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, on the other hand, tore a tendon in his ankle just one quarter later and is scheduled to be out for a number of weeks (though he recently tweeted that the two-month estimate put on his recovery was an exaggeration).
5 » Former Florida punter Chas Henry, an undrafted free agent who spent the entire 2011 season starting for the Philadelphia Eagles, was cut by the team after three games this season despite setting a franchise record for punting average in a single game (55.0 yards) in week one, averaging 48.5 yards per punt through the three games and booming a kick of at least 56 yards in each game. Henry told OGGOA on Thursday that he expects to be signed by the Washington Redskins on Friday and has flown into Virginia in order to complete his workout and physical. Washington has a job open with Sav Rocca, who Henry was signed to replace in Philadelphia, out of action due to injury.
6 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah broke Nikola Pekovic’s ankles during a preseason game between Chicago and Minnesota last week. Take a look: