Wednesday Evening Practice Report

Wednesday Evening Practice Report

Injuries continue to pile up on offensive line through Wednesday night. As a result, Starks sees time at right tackle...

Just when Florida's offensive line appeared to begin building depth at several positions, a slew of injuries wiped through the unit in a matter of two days.

Most seriously, a collision during Tuesday's scrimmage will sideline junior college transfer Anthony Guerrero and junior Jonathan Colon for several weeks.

"It's been nasty," senior Shannon Snell said. "As soon as we had all this depth, now we're just depleted again. It's frustrating. But that's how camp goes sometimes."

Guerrero, who has been backing up Snell at left guard, will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage and could miss up to six weeks.

Colon, who has been in a tight race for the starting job at left tackle, strained his right MCL and will wear a cast and could miss 3 to 5 weeks.

On top of that, Snell said junior Billy Griffin suffered a concussion during the scrimmage. Griffin returned to practice Wednesday, but Snell said he was once again taken off the field.

Fortunately for the Gators, Coach Ron Zook said the reason Griffin left was not related to a concussion. Instead, he said the guard was poked in the eye, but returned to practice shortly after.

Snell also said redshirt freshman guard Ryan Carter reaggrivated his ankle before practice Wednesday.

"It looks pretty bad," Snell said. "It's pretty swollen. He messed it up before practice. He did something else to it."

Lance Butler tweaked his knee Wednesday as well, but it doesn't appear to be serious. Because of the injuries, Max Starks, who shifted from left tackle to right guard earlier this summer, played some at right tackle Wednesday.

"He's still starting at guard, but they put him at right tackle because we're kind of thin," Snell said. "If something else happens, we're going to need him there. He can play guard, tackle; wherever they need him."

Zook ruled out the possibility of shifting converted offensive guards Mo Mitchell and Sylvester McGrew back to the inside of the offensive line.

SPECIAL WORK: Florida brought in referees during Wednesday morning's practice to go through a game day simulation on special teams.

"You're guys have to know what is a clip, what is a hold and how they're going to call it," Zook said. "A penalty in the kicking game can be a large hunk of yardage."

Zook praised the work of the special teams this summer, but said it's important to emphasize the effects of ignorant mistakes.

"We were very close a bunch of times last year," he said. "We had a couple called back. But they know what's expected of them. We've got some athletic guys on it. We're kicking well, and we're punting well."

BRIEFS: During a chat on Florida's official Web site, Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said he is currently in discussions with Miami about playing a neutral-site game with Miami in 2008. He wrote that a decision should be made by fall or early winter…. Zook said he could handle preparing three – maybe even four – tailbacks for playing time this season. "I think you can get three ready easily. We said all along it has the chance to be the strength of our football team."

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