Moss may get chance vs. Vols
Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Wracked by pain in his hip area from an unknown source, defensive end Jarvis Moss was literally wasting away last spring.
"He looked like he had a serious problem when we got here in February," UF coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. "At one point, he was down to 219 and looked like he was 185. Horrible."
Following a battery of tests this summer, it was determined that Moss had a debilitating bone infection and there was a chance he'd miss the bulk of the season.
But Moss is recovering quickly and there's a chance he'll be ready to play as soon as next week's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee, Meyer said. Moss is now a robust 245 pounds and looks like he's been living in the weight room the past two months.
"I'm just glad he's feeling great," Meyer said. "He's got a chance to play, not this week but next week, which is a heck of a deal. I'm glad he's feeling great. Deep down, that's a good kid."
Junior tailback DeShawn Wynn had a good day of practice, Meyer said, and now is one more good workout away from earning his way back onto the field.
"I'd have to say work ethic and assignments and taking care of the ball, all the things the tailbacks are asked to do," Meyer said when asked what Wynn has done to get himself back in a position to play.
Meyer said it was a good day all around for the Gators.
"It was one of our better practices. There was a sense or urgency," he said. "It was a full-pad, hard practice."
The University Athletic Association is pledging to donate $50,000 to Danny Wuerffel's Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans, which was basically destroyed by Hurricane Katrina last week. The proceeds will come from the Gators' pay-per-view game Saturday with Louisiana Tech.
Wuerffel is the director of development at Desire Street, which provides health, housing, economic development, education and recreation to those living in the surrounding Desire neighborhood.
Donations to the ministry can be made by sending a check to Desire Street Ministries, P.O. Box 956429, Duluth, Ga., 30095, or going online at www.desirestreet.org.
True freshman quarterback Josh Portis has been doing a little recruiting work for the Gators over the past few months, trying to convince close friend and former high school teammate Jamere Holland to join him in Gainesville.
The 6-1, 180-pound Holland was Portis' favorite wide receiver last season at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. Holland is considered one of the top prospects in California and is one of the nation's fastest recruits.
"He's the fastest player in the country and he's thinking of coming here," Portis said. "We'll see. He's got more than 50 offers. He said if he had to pick a school right now, it would be here."
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