Wuerffel’s recovery may take another year

Back in June, former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinc puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.”

He has been undergoing extensive treatment and rehabilitation for the disease ever since in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible. As he continues on the road to recovery, Wuerffel has been releasing updates on his condition through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director. Below is his latest [truncated] update:

Dear Friends,

I am tired…and I’m really tired of being tired!

I’m over 4 months into my battle with Guillain Barre. The optimistic part of me (the part most of you usually see) is very grateful that I’m making progress and is truly thankful for this incredible spiritual journey I’ve been able to take as a result of the illness.

But truth be told, there is another part of me that feels just like my son. “Lord, fix it and fix it now! What’s taking so long?!”

Three times last week I woke up with a few plans for the day. Not many, just a few. After helping the kids get up and ready for school, I lied down for a short rest before starting the day…and slept for 3-4 hours each time.

It’s hard for me to schedule anything because I’m never quite sure how I’ll feel in the future. Sometimes I feel pretty good, other times really tired, and sometimes I get so worn out that I have a bad headache and life is quite uncomfortable.

A doctor told me last week this could last for another year or more…Really?! As much as I’m ready to be past all this—as much as I’ve prayed it would go away—I’m realizing it is simply part of my current reality. […]

My body is weak and tired, but my heart is growing each day. My soul feels more and more anchored, better prepared for the harder things in life. My spirit feels lighter, as if the breeze of the Spirit might lift me gently off the ground for a stroll in the clouds.

The refiner’s fire is molding and shaping a deeper and better me.

I’m thankful…and I press on.

God bless you,
Danny

Wuerffel has requested that any gifts, donations or letters of support be made to DSM rather than him personally. Should you wish to send any of the aforementioned, please direct them to adam@onlygators.com, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.

10/18: Muschamp’s Tuesday press conference

Head coach Will Muschamp meets with the media each week to wrap-up the previous Saturday’s game and look ahead to the Florida Gators next opponent. Below are some of the most important notes and quotes from the availability.

AN APOLOGY FOR HIS LANGUAGE

Muschamp was caught by ESPN cameras on Saturday not only berating officials for what he perceived as a blown call on what was ruled a muffed punt by redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey but also using some foul language while doing so. He felt it was necessary to apologize for his language and did just that on Tuesday.

“I do want to apologize for my language on the sidelines the other night. That’s not something that’s going to be tolerated here at the University of Florida first of all by me and our program. That’s certainly not represented of what this program or this university is about,” he said, specifying that he was not apologizing for his intensity on the sideline.

“It’s the language. You got a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old at home and you got to go home and explain to them what you said. It’s not good and it’s not how we’re going to run our program. That’s it. As far as the sideline stuff is concerned, we’re going to be who we are. I’m just apologizing for the language, nothing else.”

OPENING STATEMENTS

“It’s tough to always have an open week after a loss – certainly after three. We really are a banged up football team. We really need to work on fundamentals and what we need to do up front on both sides of the ball. We’re searching for some answers offensively. Tuesday and Wednesday are fundamental days of really just working on us good-on-good, and then Thursday we will start our preps on Georgia as far as on the field. We start[ed] as a staff on Sunday. That’s kind of where we are and then Friday we’ll have a team lift and run them and then Sunday come back for a team dinner, some walkthroughs and some meetings as we move forward to Georgia.”

He also spoke about Florida’s next opponent on Oct. 29, Georgia.

“They have a talented football team with three seniors on the offensive line. Aaron Murray is a guy that can hurt you running and throwing; he’s completing over 60 percent of his passes. Isiah Crowell is a guy that has come in as a freshman and done a really nice job in their run game. Orson Charles is a very talented tight end, a guy that can stretch the field vertically, block at the point. Malcolm Mitchell is a freshman receiver that has been really good for them playing the X position. Defensively they have really improved from a year ago. They’re playing well on the defensive side of the ball.”

WEEKLY INJURY AND ABSENCE UPDATES

In addition to his statement about the health of redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley, Muschamp gave one general status update for a number of other players on the team who are banged up and were limited last week.

He said that the following Gators should practice at some point this week, most likely Wednesday or Thursday depending how their injuries are healing: sophomore Buck linebacker Ronald Powell (shoulder/neck), senior running back Jeff Demps (ankle), redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturigs (strained knee), junior RB Mike Gillislee (ankle), redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose (ankle) and redshirt senior left guard Dan Wenger (foot). “We’re hoping to get all of those guys this week for practice and certainly for the Georgia game,” he added.

POSITION-BY-POSITION EVALUATIONS

Muschamp took time Tuesday before answering any questions to provide a short evaluation of the team position-by-position.

Quarterback: Outside of Brantley, Muschamp said he was pleased with how freshmen Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are progressing. “They both have natural leadership ability because of their presence. They’re both competitive,” he said. “They’re very well-liked on the team and very well respected on the team for a freshman, which is hard. It’s hard at that age to have the command and the respect and the presence, and I think both guys have that. They have the ‘it’ factor in my opinion. They have a lot of the intangibles you look for at that position. They certainly are guys that I am very pleased with, and I think the future is bright as far as those two young men are concerned.”

Offensive line: Muschamp said that redshirt junior right guard Jon Halapio has been the most consistent performer and that redshirt junior right tackle Matt Patchan has played great over the last two games. “Up front we need more consistent play in being able to run the football. We got to play better around the quarterback position regardless of who is playing,” he said. Muschamp added that others aside from those in the standard rotation are still competing for playing time but they have to show they deserve it in practice.

Wide receiver: “We need more playmaking ability outside and more consistent play,” Muschamp said. He noted that redshirt junior Frankie Hammond, Jr. was the most consistent pass catcher and Debose has “done some nice things” as far as making big plays vertically.

Running back: Aside from Rainey, Demps and Gillislee, Muschamp said he was pleased with freshman fullback Hunter Joyer’s freshman campaign. He also praised sophomore Trey Burton for succeeding in the package of plays that he has been given. “We’ve been able to move the football in the last two games using that package,” he said, “so we’ll continue to build on that.”

Defensive line: Muschamp praised redshirt senior defensive tackle Jaye Howard, sophomore DT Dominique Easley, sophomore defensive end Sharrif Floyd, redshirt junior DT Omar Hunter and senior DE William Green for all making improvements throughout the season. “Defensively I think we’ve taken some steps up front and played a little better,” he said. We’re not where we need to be, but I do feel good about the improvements we’ve made in the last three weeks as we head into the last five ballgames.”

Linebackers: He similarly praised redshirt junior Lerentee McCray and said the team would not be where it is from a defensive standpoint without junior Jon Bostic and redshirt sophomore Jelani Jenkins. “We need to develop some guys past those two to get more production from that position,” he said.

Secondary: The praise, of course, started with the position’s best player. “Matt Elam is having a solid year as we hit the half-way point. He’s paying very productive for us. We moved him to the nickel in the Auburn game because I saw a lot of the perimeter runs where they were very effective. We felt like we needed to put him in at a point of attack in the game, and he certainly was very effective,” Muschamp said. He added that freshman cornerback Marcus Roberson has been a pleasant surprise but that the unit has a long way to go. “We need to be more productive on the back end,” he said. “Let’s be realistic. We’ve played three teams in a row that have run the ball over 40 times, so we haven’t exactly been tested on the back end. We need to play better when those opportunities come up.”

Special teams: Muschamp said that Sturgis has been “outstanding” and has been kicking the ball well not only on field goals and extra points but for kickoffs, too. As far as freshman punter Kyle Christy, who earned his first start Saturday, Muschamp noted that “he’s a guy that can flip the field for us” and said he was “really pleased with how he punted last week.” He reiterated that the team has had no problems at punt returner until Saturday night but that he is going to look at other players to do the job in addition to Rainey, Debose, Hammond and sophomore WR Robert Clark.

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On the team’s biggest flaw at this point: “Things that have really hurt our team obviously is turnover margin. We’re -7 – last in the SEC. We haven’t had a turnover defensively in the last three ball games. It’s something we emphasize and talk about. Obviously we’ve got to find different measures in order to create some positive momentum for our offense whether it’s in special teams or offense. Gaining possession of the ball is critical for us.”

» On improving the offense: “We’re looking for answers right now offensively. We’re working diligently as a staff to find what we can do to move the ball and score points. We certainly understand in the last three games we have not done that effectively enough. Regardless of the circumstances and the situation, we’ve got to find way to move the ball and score. That’s what we’re searching for at this point.”

» On the plan for the bye week: “This week for us is more focused on Florida and what we have got to do to get better. As we move forward in the open week here, we just need to make tremendous strides and improvements with our team, identify the weakness which we obviously have some and move forward with our guys. Our guys competed hard against Auburn. I thought they played hard and laid it on the line. We just came up short.”

» On if he thought about playing Georgia each year when taking the Florida job: “I’ve faced Georgia a lot before as a defensive coordinator. I enjoyed my time there, but I’ve worked at LSU, I’ve worked at Auburn in this league. I’ve worked for different coaches that are coaching at different universities. My loyalties reside with people, not places necessarily. Certainly my loyalty is here with the University of Florida.”

» On Driskel and Brissett possibly competing for three more years: “I wouldn’t necessarily want that to happen. Both guys are really good players and both guys deserve the opportunities that they have gotten. That’s something, as we work through the week, that we’ve got to manage. And there are no better hands to manage that then Charlie Weis’s, in my opinion. […] That’s something that we’re going to cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now we just need to get these guys the 50-50 reps for this week and continue to improve our football team moving on to Georgia.”

» On if playing Brissett changed his long-term plans at that position: “It doesn’t really alter anything.”

» On Christy stepping up into the starting punter role: “Kyle – from a leg-strength standpoint – has been the guy. It’s been an operations standpoint. He got his operation time down in being able to kick. Obviously he flipped the field and was a big difference in the game and for our team, that’s not something we necessarily have done well throughout the season up to this point.”

» On his own intensity on the sideline: “I don’t think it hurts anything. I can tell you that. I’m going to be who I am. That’s what I’ve said from the beginning.”

Brantley recovering but not back yet for Gators

Already sidelined two weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered against Alabama, Florida Gators redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley has shed the crutches but is still wearing a boot and is not expected to return to practice this week, head coach Will Muschamp said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Florida is cautiously optimistic and hopeful that Brantley can return for their next game on Oct. 29 against the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville, FL, but his status will be reevaluated next week after a few more days of treatment and rehabilitation. He will do some throwing exercising this week with the hope that he can return on Monday.

“Most of all, [it’s his] mobility,” Muschamp said. “As far as the straight ahead, he’d probably be OK. As far as the lateral movement, that’s where you get into an issue with the ankle, just being able to move laterally. We feel like right now treatment is the best option. As far as that treatment is concerned, there is some physical action but not a whole lot. He’s staying off it as much [as possible]. John’s been living in the training room for the last three weeks. He’s doing everything he can do to get back. So it’s been very frustrating for him. Hopefully, as we work through this week, he continues to get better.”

Asked if Brantley could play at less than 100 percent health, Muschamp indicated that decision is out of his hands.

“That’s not my call. That’s the trainers’ call and that’s John’s call,” he said. “If he feels confident playing and our trainers say he’s OK to play, then he’ll play, but I don’t get into those decisions. That’s something the medical staff needs to handle. I certainly never want to put a young man in a situation where he can’t be successful.”

Freshmen Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett will split repetitions at quarterback 50-50 this week and going forward until the Gators’ starter is able to return to the field.

“Whether or not – and I think it was Urban [Meyer] I heard say it – whether or not you say your quarterback is your leader, he is your leader,” Muschamp said. “Certainly John being a fifth-year senior, playing at a high level, was our leader offensively if not with our team. When you lose that, it’s tough.”

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10/17: Donovan on freshmen, Walker, Young

With Florida Gators basketball having finally begun fall practice and just just over three weeks away from the team’s first regular season game, head coach Billy Donovan met with the media on Monday to discuss how practice is going up to this point.

FRESHMEN A WORK IN PROGRESS

“It’s hard for any freshman to come in prepared,” Donovan said Monday, even though he is pleased with how guard Brad Beal and forward Walter Pitchford are responding thus far. “When you’re a freshman, if you’re willing to physically put your body in plays, if you are highly competitive and you have a high basketball IQ, you’re going to be able to play right away as a freshman – given that you’re talented enough. If you lack one of those three things, it becomes really difficult to be a constant guy.”

As far as Donovan is concerned, right now one of his freshmen is fitting that profile while another has a ways to go until he can contribute to the team on a consistent basis.

“Those first four days [of practice], Brad has all those things. He’s willing to put his body in there physically. He has a cerebral understanding of what we’re doing, and I think he’s highly competitive. My feeling in watching him the first four days here is that there’s no question he’s going to be able to contribute and help our team,” he said.

“Walter is still learning and growing. Things have come pretty quickly the first four days,” he continued. “Brad has been able to pick up everything very well. Walter is not any different than a lot of freshmen that come in terms of figuring out how hard they have to play, better competition, what to do, where to go, what’s happening. Really the first four days here, we’ve put in [a lot of plays]. I’m not so sure we’re really good at anything yet, but that stuff is in right now.

“For Walter, the first four days was difficult because – outside of he and Brad – a lot of the stuff is familiar to some of the older guys. So it is easier for them to know what’s coming and what we’re doing. Brad is probably more advanced than most freshmen I’ve been around in terms of his basketball intelligence, his IQ, his understanding and how quickly he grasps things. It’s pretty impressive for me, so far, we’re three or four days into this and then he can pick up a lot of the stuff.”

WALKER’s UNSELFISHNESS A NICE SURPRISE

Donovan (and Florida fans) have been clamoring for senior point guard Erving Walker to work on his assist-to-turnover ratio and unselfishness for two years now and it appears as if they have finally gotten their wish. With so much talk in the media about how the Gators are going to struggling with sharing the ball in the backcourt, Walker said there is a concerted effort to share.

“That’s us trying to be the best team we can be, trying to get everybody easy shots and working together,” he said. “We feel like we got a lot of talent and can help each other, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

His coach is noticing, too. “Because there’s been so much talk about it, they’ve gone the other way and are trying to prove how unselfish they are. I’ve noticed in practice – and it’s been encouraging to me – we’ve got guys right now that are passing up shots that they normally would take to make an extra pass.

“We chart every shot in practice. Right now there’s only two players on our team that have taken fewer shots than Erving Walker – Cody Larson and Casey Prather. Everybody else on our team has in practice taken more shots than Erving Walker. He has really tried to grasp and understand who he is playing with on the floor. His assist-to-turnover ratio in practice has been very good. He has an idea and understanding of the challenges in front of him, and I feel like he’s really trying to do that.”

YOUNG HANDLING ADVERSITY BETTER THAN EXPECTED

As he admitted himself last year, sophomore forward/center Patric Young had a lot of growing up to do from a maturity standpoint. Donovan reiterated that point at times during the season and said so again on Monday. “I’d say the first time Patric Young went through any adversity was last year. He’s always been the biggest and the strongest and the quickest. How do you handle that? How do you get better from that?“ he noted.

This season, Donovan is putting Young in situations in practice where he is going to have to face adversity and rise above it. “Like I’ll get fouled here and there and he’s not going to call it just to see how I’ll react,” Young explained. “I’ve grown up a lot in that sense. Last year I probably would have just shut down. I’m going to get fouled a lot and sometimes calls are going to be missed. He’s just trying to help me grow up and get ready for the season.”

Donovan agrees that his big man has taken a step forward. “He has been phenomenal. He has made some very positive strides,” he said. “The biggest thing I feel with Patric and these guys, I feel like our team right now is locked in on what we have to do. It’s not a group that’s focused on ‘me.’ It’s a group that is focused on, ‘What do I need to do to help the team?’ […] That’s something that takes work each and every single day for Patric. He’s got to keep working through that. Our team is addressing the things that we have to address to get better at as individuals and as a team.”

Young is also seeing his improved mentality paying dividends. “It’s made a huge difference in my game because I know how important I am to the team when I’m at 100 percent,” he said. “I’m alert, helping my teammates, being vocal. The team is completely different when I’m down being depressed and emotional to when I’m focused, concentrated and focused on helping the team get better. It’s a completely different team.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» Donovan said that no one has missed practice yet and he is very pleased with the effort and coachability of the players. The effort has been there on a unanimous basis to fix the things they find wrong and try to improve as much as possible early on.

» Donovan on having so many talented guards: “I’m hopeful that all of those guys, offensively, can help make each other better defensively.”

» Donovan on redshirt junior G Mike Rosario monitoring his back issue: “What we’ve told him is that he’s got a disc problem. It’s something that we have to monitor, but it has not held him out of any practices. They’ve done core strengthening, stretching and all those kind of things. It’s not something that needs surgery. Our trainer doesn’t think it’s going to be a problem during the year, but he’s got to stay on top of it as far as what he does rehab-wise before and after practice. I’m not going into the year anticipating this is going to be a problem for him. It’s there and he had the tingling down the back of his leg and the numbness in his leg and that’s always a red flag. We were able to hold him off some in the offseason and rest him. I don’t see Mike just dealing with the pain and not saying anything. I think he understands that, in order for him to get treated, it’s only going to get worse if he does that, it’s not going to get better.”

» Walker on his relationship with the other guard: “Me and Kenny [Boynton] got a special relationship, but I would say we all hang out a lot. Everybody is like family. It’s a little brotherhood we got and we embrace each other. It’s just fun to be around those guys.”

» Walker on how Beal is playing: “Brad is adjusting really well and quick, like he’s been here for a while now. […] He looked a lot more comfortable out there and a lot more aggressive. I think he’s really been showing his talent these past few practices – his jump shot and his ability to get to the hole. His understanding of the game, I think, he’s going to get better. His overall play is not what a freshman would do. The way he’s been aggressive lately, you can really see his talent showing. It’s amazing that he can come in, be so early and do the things that he’s doing.”

» Walker on Rosario seeing the court: “I’m happy for Mike being the great player that he is. He’s finally going ot play this year and he’s been doing a great job so far.”

» Young on playing for his country in Europe over the summer: “I got a lot of confidence out of it – some offensive confidence. It helped me use the things I’ve learned and what I can do and what I should do.”

» Young on the play of the guards so far: “The way our team started off these first few practices is amazing. It looks like we’ve been playing together for a couple of years now. It’s just the ball’s been moving, guys are talking to each other, everyone’s listening, everyone’s been willing to work [together]. It’s just been really good so far. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, because I know we got a lot of guys who like to shoot. Everyone is giving the extra pass. I guess I was surprised that things went so well so far.”

» Young on being a vocal player on the court: “A lot of guys aren’t really used to communicating. I am. I’ve been doing it since I was in high school. It’s a huge part of the game. Communication in life is a huge part of everything. This is communication right here. My major is telecommunications. I just like to talk, and I like to let my teammates know what’s going on.”

» Young on who plays him the best from a physicality standpoint:Will [Yeguete], he defends me the best because he doesn’t give up angles and he’s really long and really physical as well.”

Youngblood: “That’s when I heard the snap.”

With two weeks ago being the two-year anniversary of ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive and considering he released a brand new book the very same day, former Florida Gators defensive lineman Jack Youngblood sat down with us recently for an exclusive and extensive hour-long interview about his life and career.

Click here to read an OGGOA exclusive excerpt from Because It Was Sunday: The Legend of Jack Youngblood while learning more about the book.

The first University of Florida student-athlete to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Youngblood is also a member of Florida’s Ring of Honor, the College Football Hall of Fame and the UF Athletic Hall of Fame. He has as accomplished of a career as any player who has put on the orange and blue of the Gators after being named first-team All-SEC and All-America in 1970 and also being selected as the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Youngblood went on to be named to seven Pro Bowls and be selected as a first-team All-Pro five times while also winning NFC Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (1975-76) and the Los Angeles RamsMost Value Player award three times (1975-76, 1979). He played in five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl and had his No. 85 retired by St. Louis prior to being inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame in 2001.

Since retiring for the game of football, Youngblood has done some acting work, served as an analyst with numerous media outlets, and co-hosted Wal-Mart’s Great Outdoors program, which used to air on ESPN on Saturday mornings. He also wrote a biography, has held a number of football administration jobs and continues to work to this day.

OGGOA’s three-part interview with Youngblood covers his college days and professional career while also highlighting some interesting stories and moments in his life and his take on today’s game. This is part three of that interview..

Part I – Youngblood: A career of life-changing moments
Part II – Youngblood: “He doesn’t know how crazy I am.”

ADAM SILVERSTEIN: Let’s talk a little bit about the new book. It obviously covers all of the people who have inspired you in your life. Outside of your family and coaches, who would you say is the one person who really lit a fire under you and helped you realize how good of a football player you were or how dominant you could be?
JACK YOUNGBLOOD: “From a football perspective, I would have to say the number one influence had to be Merlin [Olsen]. The life-changing moment for a young kid coming out of the University of Florida, a defensive linemen drafted into what was left of the Fearsome Foursome – one of the dominant forces in the 60s in the National Football League. When I got there in 1971, two of them had moved on and I was trying to find a way to figure out how I could fit into the picture. I knew that I definitely wasn’t going to play inside, but how do I fit in next to Merlin Olsen? I thought it was going to be a short trip. Merlin certainly was a tremendous influence on helping me understand how you played at that level.”

AS: Some will say that the best story in the book is about one of the scariest moments of your life, when you had a gun in your eye. The trigger was pulled but luckily for you the chamber was empty. Everyone will be reading about that in detail in the book, but how did you get in that situation in the first place and what happened when you heard the click and nothing happened?
JY: “It was really an innocent situation. We were at a club in Logan, Utah one evening just having a quiet beer. I had a buddy with his girlfriend with him and we had work the next morning so we called it early around 9:30 or 10:00 and went to our cars parked out behind the establishment there. I walked out along with one of my old wrestling buddies from Idaho. These two guys were hassling one of our friends and the girl. I saw it and walked up and said, ‘What’s the problem here?’ These two little loudmouths kind of turned around and tried to get in my face a little bit. I said, ‘No, no, no. Just go on. Leave these kids alone.” I broke it up. Nothing physical, just stepped in between and said we should go our separate ways. This one guy, he takes off and it’s kind of dark in the place without a whole lot of light but enough. I didn’t think anything of it. The other guy was standing there and I said he should go on and get about his business.

“My buddy had gone ahead of me and he was at the car. He hollered at me, ‘Look out, Jack! He’s got a gun!’ [The gunman] had slipped between two cars and I didn’t see him. He came up behind me, and by the time I was hollered at, he was sticking the gun in the back of my head and when I spun around, it was in my eye. That’s when I heard the snap. At that moment the pain was excruciating. My first thought was that he just put my eye out. The next thing I remember – because you go into a state of shock to a certain degree – was [my friend] Darrell going ‘Don’t kill him Jack! Don’t kill him!’

“I got him by the throat on the hood of a car, and I’ve got the gun. I took the gun away from him and pinned him and do not remember any of that. And then I looked down as I’m over him, I notice that there’s blood gushing on him. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, that’s nasty. That’s my blood.’ I was bleeding all over everything. Fortunately, there again, divine intervention. You don’t catch an empty chamber by chance.”

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 6

With the 2011 NFL season underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 6 action, many of whom had an impact on their team’s performance. OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what these Gators accomplished during the sixth week of the 2011 campaign.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Eight receptions [team-high] for 68 yards (targets: 14, long: 16), touchdown [game-winner], fumble

THE REST

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Tackle
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a starter
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Four receptions for 62 yards [team-high] (targets: 6, long: 32)
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four tackles (three solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Four receptions for 32 yards (long: 14)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Tackle, QB hit, fumble recovery, touchdown
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Seven tackles (four solo, one for loss) [team-high]
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Bye week
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: Bye week
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Bye week
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Eight tackles (three solo, one for loss)
C MIKE POUNCEY*, Miami Dolphins: Will play as a starter [Monday night]
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Seven receptions for 78 yards [team-highs] (targets: 9, long: 20), rush for five yards, three kick returns for 71 yards (long: 25)
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Played as a reserve
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Eight tackles (six solo, one for loss), QB hit
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Two solo tackles (one for loss)
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Played as a starter
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Tackle
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Target
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Solo tackle
P CHAS HENRY*, Philadelphia Eagles: Three punts for 131 yards (long: 50)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
OT MARCUS GILBERT*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Two tackles (one solo), 0.5 sack, two pass defenses, QB hit
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 17 carries for 109 yards [team-highs] (long: 34), two receptions for 22 yards (long: 19)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Two receptions for 55 yards (targets: 10, long: 55)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 9/22 for 143 yards, four interceptions (QB Rating: 23.7)

INJURED / INACTIVE
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Knee
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Torn achilles (season)

NOTES
– Wright started for Chicago.
– Murphy played for the first time this season (sports hernia, groin).

PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS
DE Justin Trattou* (New York Giants), SS Ahmad Black* (Tampa Bay), OG Maurice Hurt* (Washington)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
DE Alex Brown, DE Bobby McCray, CB Lito Sheppard

* Rookie

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Gators receive no votes in Top 25 polls

The Oklahoma Sooners held on to their season-long No. 1 spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while the LSU Tigers kept the No. 1 ranking they earned from the Associated Press when the latest top 25 polls were released on Sunday. The Florida Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC), fresh off three-straight losses including a 17-6 defeat by Auburn on Saturday, did not receive a single vote in either poll.

WeekResultBCSUSA TodayAssociated Press
Preseason--No. 10 (930)No. 10 (894)
2W 24-6 vs. Toledo-No. 9 (974)No. 12 (875)
3L 16-21 at Miami-No. 20 (410)No. 18 (405)
4Open-No. 18 (398)No. 19 (412)
5W 31-17 vs. Tennessee-No. 19 (449)No. 20 (414)
6W 24-7 at Kentucky-No. 19 (515)No. 18 (481)
7W 30-10 vs. Arkansas-No. 17 (574)No. 17 (536)
8L 6-17 at LSU-No. 22 (240)No. 22 (249)
9L 17-36 at Missouri-NR (4)NR (17)

USA TODAY COACHES POLL
This Week 1-5: Oklahoma (31), LSU (15), Alabama (12), Wisconsin (1), Stanford
6-10: Oklahoma State, Boise State, Clemson/Oregon, Arkansas
11-15: Nebraska, South Carolina, Michigan State, West Virginia/Virginia Tech
16-20: Kansas State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Houston
21-25: Illinois, Penn State, Auburn, Washington, Arizona State

Last Week 1-5: Oklahoma (32), LSU (15), Alabama (11), Wisconsin (1), Stanford
6-10: Boise State, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Oregon, Michigan
11-15: Arkansas, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Nebraska, Illinois
16-20: West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Michigan State, Arizona State
21-25: Texas, Houston, Texas A&M, Baylor, Penn State
Florida finished “No. 26” with 72 voting points.

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
This Week 1-5: LSU (41), Alabama (11), Oklahoma (6), Wisconsin, Boise State (1)
6-10: Oklahoma State, Stanford, Clemson, Oregon, Arkansas
11-15: West Virginia, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Michigan State
16-20: Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia Tech
21-25: Houston, Washington, Illinois, Arizona State, Georgia

Last Week 1-5: LSU (40), Alabama (10), Oklahoma (8), Wisconsin, Boise State (1)
6-10: Oklahoma State, Stanford, Clemson, Oregon, Arkansas
11-15: Michigan, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Nebraska, South Carolina
16-20: Illinois, Kansas State, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, Baylor
21-25 Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan State, Auburn, Houston
Florida finished “No. 26” with 86 voting points.

BCS
First Week 1-5: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State
6-10: Wisconsin, Clemson, Stanford, Arkansas, Oregon
11-15: Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia
16-20: Michigan State, Texas A&M, Michigan, Houston, Auburn
21-25 Penn State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas, Washington

*Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.

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Video of Will Muschamp’s rant after non-call by officials during Florida-Auburn game

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp exploded during the first quarter of Saturday’s eventual 17-6 loss to the No. 24 Auburn Tigers when he perceived that officials failed to properly penalize Auburn running back Onterior McCalebb for interfering with Florida redshirt senior RB Chris Rainey during an punt return.

Rainey wound up muffing the punt, which was ruled to be recovered by the Tigers. The turnover resulted in a touchdown for Auburn a few plays later.

Muschamp unleashed a somewhat explicit verbal tirade that was caught by ESPN‘s microphones. Timothy Burke of SportsGrid.com was able to isolate the audio from the broadcast and compiled the video below.

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