Grossman undecided about future

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 1:14 a.m.
Florida quarterback Rex Grossman might be playing his final game in The Swamp on Saturday night.
Then again, he might not be. The fourth-year junior said Tuesday he's still undecided about whether to enter the NFL Draft this spring or return to Florida for his senior season in 2003.
"I don't know... I don't know," Grossman said. "I have no idea what I'm going to do. I just really don't know what I'm going to do.
"I'm not thinking about it right now. I'm going to take my time over the Christmas break and evaluate everything."
Grossman said he would not be introduced with the seniors at Gator Growl on Friday night or before the game Saturday and would not participate in any of the other homecoming festivities the seniors traditionally go through.
However, he did say he'll take a moment Saturday to consider this possibly could be his last game in The Swamp.
"I'll take a moment in case it does happen (and he leaves for the NFL)," Grossman said. "(If I went through all the senior stuff) it would raise too many questions. I just really don't know what I'm going to do yet."
  • SURGERY FOR SCOTT: Starting defensive tackle Ian Scott underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage and will miss Saturday night's game against South Carolina.
    There's a chance Scott could return in time for the Nov. 30 Florida State game in Tallahassee.
    Scott injured his knee the week of the Georgia game and played the past two games with some pain and discomfort. He played only six plays in UF's win at Vandy this past Saturday.
    "We tried to nurse him through it (to the end of the season) because it wasn't going to affect anything else (in his knee)," UF coach Ron Zook said. "But it was really bothering him and it was best for him that we take care of this now. He could be back in a couple of weeks."
    A small piece of cartilage was removed from Scott's knee and the surgery went as expected, Zook said.
    UF's starting defensive tackles Saturday will be seniors Bryan Savelio and Tron LaFavor.
  • GROSSMAN EXPECTS JACOBS TO MISS: Grossman said he doesn't expect to have his favorite receiver - senior Taylor Jacobs - back for Saturday's game and possibly for the Florida State game.
    Jacobs sprained his knee early in the Georgia game and has not played since. Grossman sustained the same injury in the LSU game, but managed to return the following week with a knee brace.
    "He did the same thing to his knee that I did," Grossman said. "If it was me playing receiver, I probably wouldn't be back until the bowl game because it's hard to cut and receivers have to cut quite a bit.
    "He's got (an NFL) future ahead of him and he doesn't need to mess around with it. He's doing good. He might be back for the Florida State game, but I don't see him back for this game at all."
  • KICKING COMPETITION: Zook said he's opening the competition at field-goal kicker this week between struggling starter Matt Leach and walk-on Jeff Whitaker, who has fully recovered from a groin injury that sidelined him for almost a month.
    "We've got a little competition going on out there," Zook said. "Our kickers have had to kick under pressure the last couple of weeks and I keep thinking it's going to work out. But there comes a point in time when you're going to have to make a decision one way or the other. I've thought about it a lot, but I don't have an answer. I wish I did."
    While Leach is fighting for his job this week, Ingle Martin appears secure as UF's starting punter for now even though he's mired in a two-game slump.
    "You don't just take a guy who hasn't been doing it and hand him the ball and say here we go," Zook said. "After Ingle had that 70-yarder I think everyone thought we're off to the races.
    "I know this: When he gets back there teams are a little more cautious because of the things he can do besides punt the ball. He's getting a little better and a little more confident. He knows exactly what he's doing wrong and we know we need to get that part corrected."
    Martin has an extremely strong leg but has been struggling with his drops the past two games.
    You can reach Robbie Andreu by e-mail at or by calling (352) 374-5022.
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