FOUR BITS: Pouncey, Westbrook, Stewart, Shands

By Adam Silverstein
January 27, 2011

1 » Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was found to have a broken bone in his left ankle in addition to a high ankle sprain and is unlikely to play in Super Bowl XLV, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Though the Steelers refuse to completely rule out his participation in the game, chances are Pouncey will be watching from the sidelines along with fellow former Gator left tackle Max Starks, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this season with a neck injury. In the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Pouncey had started each of Pittsburgh’s 18 games this season.

2 » While Florida awaits commitments or denials from a number of top recruits, head coach Will Muschamp is making the rounds and getting in the ears of plenty of other players. Muschamp was in South Florida on Thursday meeting with three-star defensive end Tevin Westbrook (Coconut Creek, FL), who plans to make a decision Monday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Westbrook is also considering South Florida, Connecticut, North Carolina and Purdue but will be in Gainesville, FL for an official visit this weekend.

3 » The Hartford Courant is reporting that the Gators are also after four-star linebacker Graham Stewart (Middletown, CT), a current Boston College commitment. Apparently “Florida has made a late push” for Stewart, and Muschamp is expected to fly up for an in-home visit on Friday. “It’s a hard situation but also a good situation,” Stewart told the paper Thursday. “I took two unofficial visits to Florida this summer. I have an offer from them. It’s a great honor that they believe you can play for them.”

4 » What did Gators redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin and senior forwards Chandler Parsons and Alex Tyus do after arriving back in Gainesville following a double-overtime victory against the Georgia Bulldogs? They headed over to Shands Children’s Hospital and visited 19-year-old cancer patient Victor Wheeler, who is constantly undergoing chemotherapy for a recurring form of cancer known as rhabdomyoscarcoma. For more pictures of their visit, check out this Facebook link.


  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    That was very nice of Vernon, Chandler, and Alex to visit Victor. Those guys have always been pretty classy off the court.

  2. npgator says:

    We are going to miss Maklin, Parsons and Tyus next year. Great guys and super role models.

  3. MJ says:

    Agree – Very commendable of them.

  4. John S says:

    Very cool of the seniors to visit. They had a very busy week, shows a lot of class.

  5. Daniel M. says:

    Such nice boys.

  6. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Young men acting like mature responsible men – VERRRRY NICE!

  7. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Too bad for Pouncey – hope the Steelers are not like the Pacs and cut him out of the team Superbowl photo since he is hurt and cannot play…..

  8. g8rgr8 says:

    Any update on replacements for Drayton, and does anybody else feel like Urban would be the perfect INTERIM recruiting coordinator?

  9. g8rgr8 says:

    What are your thoughts on Urban? I mean if he has a desk….. why not? That would be AWESOME! I AM DREAMING……. RIGHT?

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