FOUR BITS: Pouncey, Miller, visits, MJD, Chickillo

By Adam Silverstein
January 24, 2011

1 » A victory by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship ensured that, for the ninth consecutive season, a former Florida Gators player will be going to the Super Bowl. Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, who has started every game of the 2010-11 season for Pittsburgh but left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a high-ankle sprain (left), could also become the 14th former Gators star to win a ring. “I know in my heart that I’m playing in that game,” Pouncey said according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I had the same injury before on my other ankle and I know how to attack it. I know how to approach things.” Should the Steelers be victorious in Super Bowl XLV, it would be the third-straight year a Florida player has won a ring (Pittsburgh-Starks, New Orleans-McCray). Editor’s note: Steelers left tackle Max Starks would also receive a ring, though he has missed most of the season after injuring his neck earlier in the year.

2 » Getting off to a slow start this year after returning from a serious thumb injury he suffered during preseason training camp, Miami Heat guard Mike Miller went nuts on Saturday with two of his team’s best players on the sideline. Playing a season-high 33 minutes, Miller went 12-of-20 (and 6-of-11 from downtown) for 32 points, seven rebounds and three assists and set a franchise record with 22 points in the second quarter alone. He was 5-for-18 before Saturday’s game and had only scored 15 points on the season. “It’s not like I forgot how [to shoot],” Miller said. “It’s just a matter of getting out there and doing it. It was a matter of time.”

3 » UF received official visits from four-star cornerback Marcus Roberson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and three-star offensive tackle Jacob Fisher (Traverse City, MI) over the weekend, both of whom were hosted by players and took in Florida’s big basketball win over Arkansas with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Roberson, currently committed to Texas Tech (where his uncle Otis Mounds is the CB coach), may be up for grabs depending how he feels his visit went. Fisher, on the other hand, has his recruitment completely open and is strongly looking around. A former Michigan commit, he decided to weigh his options after head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired.

4 » When Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship game on Sunday with a knee injury, many current and former NFL players took to Twitter in order to bash him. An interesting – and to Gators fans “offensive” – tweet came through from the account of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who likened Cutler’s sitting on the sidelines to Florida head coach Urban Meyer resigning. “Hey I think the Urban Meyer rule is effect right now. When the going gets tough… QUIT,” Jones-Drew wrote. “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee. I played the whole season on one…” Editor’s note: Jones-Drew missed the final two games of the 2010 season (while Jacksonville was still in playoff contention) with a knee injury.

Extra BIT » Though the new coaching staff, including head coach Will Muschamp made a strong case to get him to switch, four-star defensive end Anthony Chickillo decided to reaffirm his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes over the weekend.


  1. npgator says:

    Looks like we are going to whiff on most of our targeted recruits. I bet our class ends up with 18 rather than the 25 we have room for.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      Whiff? Chickillo is a double legacy at Miami. Every school us included had very little shot at swaying him away. The fact we had our foot int he door is a big win of it’s own. You and Swampbabe need to hang as you both have a terrible outlook on this class.

      • g8ter27 says:

        When you compare this class to the last 4 or 5 it is not what fans are used to. We have a few great players in this class but we are missing out on many if not all of the targets that WM came in to get. As of now, he has not pulled one target recruit in, maybe nbot his fault this late in the game but right now we have lost 3 and gained one under his watch. I predict a better outcome next year and the ones to come however.

  2. DGLgatorfan says:

    Maurice Jones-Drew comments are silly for many reasons the main one as you stated he missed his team final two games. Also Jags can’t afford to alienate any fans in the state of Florida especially when they hardly sell out any games, so why the jab at Meyer? Also David Garrard missed the jags final game because of a finger injury he needed surgery on. Jones –Drew didn’t call him out on twitter to play one handed. Honestly his statements just reeks of jealousy of not making the play offs and watching at home like the rest of the fans.

    • GatorCooken says:

      Just a dumb comment by Jones-Drew. Doesn’t need to alienate any more of the Jags fan who the majority tend to be Gator fans as well. Twitter- Allowing athletes to put their foot in their mouth since 2007

    • Aligator says:

      i realize they may be silly, but i can sure see why people think that way.

      • g8ter27 says:

        I agree, a dumb thing for HIM to say. I dont think that is the case but tell you what…Urban shows up in Columbus or South Bend in a year or two and I am with MJD.

    • John S says:

      I agree with you, but just wanted to point out the Jags soldout all their home games last year.

  3. npgator says:

    When I write whiff I am not really even speaking about Chickillo but rather Jerningan, Brissett, Grant and Anthony. I don’t think we get any of those guys or Roberson for that matter.

    • ncgator says:

      It’s true, Chickillo was never coming to UF. Brissett is nuts if he does, why take the chance of sitting behind Driskel for three years. Anthony, Jerningan and Grant are still on the table. So let’s see what happens before we cut our throats. I would be surprised if a couple of Muschamps recruits at UT didn’t end up here before its all over.

    • John S says:

      I’m hoping you’re wrong, but it could end up that way. Given our depth chart, if we don’t get a stud linebacker in this class Muschamp has “whiffed.” That said we may get 2.

  4. JW says:

    I really have an issue with a lot of these guys coming out and criticizing Jay Cutler when they do not know the extent of his injury. I’m no Jay Cutler fan but nobody knows how severe the injury was. Urlacher was interviewed after the game and basically chided anyone who questioned Cutler’s toughness and whether he should have finished the game. I would think Urlacher has a little more credibility on the subject than folks like Mike Golic and Deion Sanders and the rest of the talking heads. I’ve heard Cutler is supposed to undergo an M.R.I. today. Wonder what will happen if the results show a severe injury. Wonder if that will prompt some of these folks to issue an apology.

    • Torn MCL in his knee…severity unknown.

      • DGLgatorfan says:

        If that is the case I wonder if any1 will apologize, ex players and fans where quick to reference Philip Rivers played wit a hurt acl. I’m sure Rivers took shots to kill the pain hard to do that when you suffer from diabetes.I am not a bears nor cutler fan just think its weird how many ppl hate him he has done nothing on or off the field to warrant the hate.

  5. chigator says:

    Here’s the reality for MJD; the Jags have stunk for awhile, they continue to stink and probably will stink for some time. He can waste his time on cute tweets criticizing other players/coaches and perfecting his endzone dances, but until he uses that time to actually make the team better, he should learn how to be quiet. A quote all professional athletes with a twitter account should live by: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

  6. Gator Pat says:

    NC, the problem with that theory is that WM stated that he would not go after current Texas commits when he got here… I still think we finish strong and get in the top 10…

  7. John S says:

    This is going to be the most stressful signing day in a long time. I will be grateful if we end up in the top 15 the way things are going.

  8. TonyM1449 says:

    I think we’ll be fine, one recruiting class will not break us guys! I’m more concerned at this point about developing and coaching up the players we have now! Don’t forget we are LOADED guys. My FSU friends and everyone else it seems have forgotten that.

  9. uf_84 says:

    Jones Drew has been a Gator hater going back to the days we beat his beloved UCLA Bruins like an ugly red headed step child at the final four in back to back seasons. He’s also probably upset that Urban Meyer has won exactly two more football national championships than all of the coaches UCLA has ever had put together.

    Get well soon Mo. Looking forward to watching you lead the Jags to another season of great mediocrity next year.

  10. Aligator says:

    honestly, i think that anytime a new coach comes on board, they have a less than acceptable first signing class, according to the fans. anyways, we may be light this year, but we will be fine. it is not like ron zook is coming on board???

  11. Scooterp says:

    Very irresponsible, on Mo-Jo’s part. It is a stupid comparison. Meyer resigned AFTER the season was over because he was burnt out and wanted to spend more time with his family. It’s apples and oranges. He didn’t quit when things got “tough” his first season here when we had no offense. He didn’t quit in 07 when are defense couldn’t stop anybody. Dumb………just plain dumb.

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