Tape It Up: Florida: Hurting In The Clutch

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Florida: Hurting In The Clutch

The Gators are flying high after last week's win over Kentucky, but with SEC showdowns on the horizon against Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, they cannot afford a moment's lapse. Or, as the case may be, a moment's pain. Quarterback Tim Tebow is dealing with a shoulder contusion, free safety Major Wright has a broken finger that may sit him for a few games, wide receiver Riley Cooper also has a broken finger, offensive lineman Carlton Medder has a heel injury, and cornerback Markihe Anderson and wide receiver Bubba Caldwell are still not 100 percent. If last week was Bubba at 90, the Gators have plenty to look forward to, but the other host of injuries is cause for some concern.

Tebow will be limited in practice this week as he nurses the contusion in his non-throwing shoulder. Head coach Urban Meyer announced on Monday that Tebow was sore after Saturday's game but should be good to go this week, so Heisman voters everywhere can get their pens and keyboards ready. And Florida fans can relax a bit, since 73 percent of their team's offense will be on the field. Whether or not the Gators should make some attempt to adjust that number in the near future is another issue entirely.

Wright is currently "very questionable" due to his broken thumb. The freshman was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday for the thumb, and after the procedure there appears to be a chance he'll be ready to go as early as this week, but more likely he will sit until he can grasp well enough to make the plays he has now become known for in the Florida secondary. If he is not ready by Saturday, senior Kyle Jackson or sophomore Dorian Munroe will step in for him.

Cooper's broken finger is not of the same severity as Wright's, as he does not need surgery, just two screws. Meyer said on Monday that "this is a very small break," and that Cooper should be available to play on Saturday with the finger taped.

Offensive tackle Carlton Medder is currently questionable for Saturday with a heel injury, although Meyer is not ruling out the possibility that the fifth-year senior will be ready to go.

Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine will continue to miss time until his lower back gets healthier, and the status check on cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis' and defensive tackle Clint McMillan's shoulders still reads inconclusive.

As for the guys who are still playing at less than full strength, there's plenty of good news there. Meyer reported that wide receiver Bubba Caldwell was "still not 100 percent" on Saturday, and that the team expects a little more out of him. A little more than six catches for 73 yards and a TD to go with his two rushes for 19 yards is great news for Gator fans, and bad news for the remaining SEC defenses.

Meyer also expects more out of Markihe Anderson, who has played in 46 plays over three games but has only recorded two total tackles and an interception on the year. Meyer said he is "still not that aggressive guy."

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