TWO BITS: Spikes, Kitchens; Payton decommits

By Adam Silverstein
July 21, 2014

1 » A pair of former Florida Gators linebackers currently playing for the Buffalo BillsBrandon Spikes and Darrin Kitchens – were taken off the field on Monday. According to NFL Network reporter Albert Beer, Spikes’s hip had been bothering him and he retreated to the trainer’s tent shortly after colliding with another player. However, later reports noted that it was not Spikes’s hip that had acted up but rather he was being treated for dehydration. Moments later, Kitchens was carted off the field with what Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski termed as “an apparent left leg injury” suffered “during special teams work.” Spikes is on an incentive-laden one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Bills, while Kitchens is attempting to make the team after not being selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Kitchens signed a three-year, $1.53 million contract with Buffalo and is set to earn $420,000 this season.

2 » For the second time in the last three days, the Gators have lost a 2015 commitment. Three-star wide receiver Tristan Payton (Jacksonville, FL) announced Monday on Twitter that he is no longer committed to Florida after originally pledging to join the team on Feb. 24. An underrated prospect who jumped on UF’s offer after he received it while attending Junior Day at the school, Payton is now believed to be heavily leaning towards USC after recently visiting the program. The Gators now have just eight players committed for the 2015 cycle.


  1. ga8or22 says:

    Well that Sucks, but if you aren’t a committed Gator then we don’t need you

  2. Lava Lizard says:

    LOL! You know things are going bad in a program when three star commits start looking around. Enjoy your last season as a Gator coach Muschamp.

  3. Michael Jones says:

    None of that matters. Who cares about recruiting at this time of year? Who cares about a bunch of fickle 17-18 year old prima donnas and kissing their butts to get them to come to one of the best all-around schools in the country?

    What our football program needs to worry about and focus on is winning. Winning takes care of everything. If we win and have a decent offense, there will always be plenty of talent at UF. The school recruits itself and these fickle little snot nose recruits will be standing in line for the chance to play for the mighty Gators!!!

    GO GATORS!!!

    • Nick says:

      You’re right. Some of the recruits believe they are the center of the college football universe and can be trouble. However, most recruits have their heads screwed on straight. CWM had to deal with a few bad ones. Gave them the death stare I guess.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      “Who cares about recruiting at this time of year?”

      “What our football program needs to worry about and focus on is winning.”

      Yes, Michael. What the football program needs to focus on this time of year is winning. In mid July.

      More astute analysis and well articulated points from one, Mr. Jones.

      • Michael Jones says:

        I suppose that your intellect can’t conceive of how that would be possible since there’s not a game scheduled for this Saturday, right? Rather than getting prepared for the upcoming season which starts in 38 days, you would prefer that we use our resources romancing recruits that will be changing their minds 2-3 times between now and national signing day, which is almost 200 days away?

        The best recruiting tool is a winning program. Win and they will come.

        But why am I wasting my time. I might as well be trying to explain the theory of relativity to a monkey. You wouldn’t recognize astute analysis or well-articulated points if they bit you on the butt, gatorboi.

        • gatorboi352 says:

          Name calling now? Brilliant.

          What an asset you are to this community, Michael.

          • Michael Jones says:

            Really, gatorboi? Who did I call what? You’re the guy who makes sarcastic remarks regarding others’ intellect, making smarta-s comments about an “astute analysis” and being “well articulated,” so I figure you’ve got to be brighter than that. Read it again. . . S-L-O-W-L-Y. I made an analogy. I didn’t call anybody anything.

            You know, when you can learn how to disagree with somebody without being a smarta-s about it, without making it personal, then maybe you won’t get it back. Something you clearly have no taste for.

            Don’t dish it out, gatorboi. Learn how to disagree civilly and with class. That way you won’t have to worry about getting it slammed back in your face.

            We’re all supposed to be Gators pulling in the same direction. I don’t care for this kind of dialogue. I would rather be cheering on the Gators, myself. So you keep it civil, and I’ll do the same.

          • Michael Jones says:

            And I notice that you rarely comment on the substance of the topic once you start taking a beat down. Once your logic (or the lack thereof) gets exposed, you try to play the sympathy card when you’re the one who started the fight in the first place.

            • Ken (CA) says:

              You have to understand the irrationality. There is likely a significant (or as he considers it, insignificant) amount of pot involved at the time of any given post….

    • Steven says:

      You’re right that none of this matters. Wait until you see the exodus of recruits once Muschamp is fired at years end.

      That is why it was important to get someone in their now so the rebuilding process wouldn’t be delayed a year.

      • Michael Jones says:

        It’s too late, Steven. I was all for that too at the end of last season but we’re a little over a month from the first kickoff. At this point, since we’re stuck with him, I say we cheer him on and root for the best. If it doesn’t work out again this year, I think we know what’ll be inevitable.

        GO GATORS!!!

  4. g8ter27 says:

    That is USC’s loss. When the Trojans have to start taking 3 star receivers from Florida things are getting bad. Beat it Payton.

  5. Ken (CA) says:

    The hopeful thing about this is there are a lot of top tier talent we are in the running for, including the #1 recruit in the nation (Martez Ivey). My first thought on the 3 star DB leaving was that he realized there was going to be no PT with the folks already coming in and those “probables”. As far as the Receiver, not so many of those on the board that I have seen, but again, there are a ton of 4 and 5 star players that have UF high on their lists and these kids could be afraid of getting squeezed out (or have been told by the staff that can’t announce recruiting publicly and might have some kids in the pocket we don’t know about) that they just aren’t needed anymore.

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