UF backup QB is hurting


Published: Friday, June 15, 2007 at 9:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2007 at 9:50 a.m.

The offseason for freshman quarterback Cameron Newton won't be exactly what he expected.

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Florida quarterback Cameron Newton led the Orange Team during Saturday's Orange and Blue spring football game. The Blue Team led by Tim Tebow beat the Orange Team 27-21.

Tracy Wilcox/The Gainesville Sun

Newton, who shared quarterback duties with Tim Tebow in the spring game, is wearing a brace after a small crack was discovered in his back.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said Newton will have to wear the brace for another three or four weeks.

“He'll be fine,” Meyer said.

Newton completed 20 of 30 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown in the Orange and Blue game at Florida Field on April 14.

It's the second injury at quarterback for the Gators. Junior college transfer Bryan Waggener broke his left foot early in spring practice.

Florida's other quarterback on scholarship is freshman John Brantley of Ocala.

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