FLORIDA NOTEBOOK

Crowder and Parker will miss time


Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 11:19 p.m.
Two Florida defensive starters - outside linebacker Channing Crowder and tackle Kenny Parker - will miss the next two to three games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday.
Crowder had cartilage damage repaired on the same knee he's had two previous surgeries, while Parker had a medial collateral ligament repaired. Both could be out until the Nov. 1 Georgia game in Jacksonville. Both players were injured in last Saturday's victory over Kentucky.
"Channing had a little piece of cartilage there and because he's had problems with his knee, we wanted to go on and get it fixed," UF coach Ron Zook said. "Channing wanted to play (Saturday against Ole Miss) and he could have played. But this is the best thing for Channing and his career. I don't want him to end up like Smoke (tailback Willie Green, whose career was recently ended by chronic knee problems).
"Knowing Crowder (and how fast he's healed from past injuries), don't put any limitations on (when he returns)."
Crowder has been one of UF's best defensive players since he became eligible in the second game of the season. He'll be replaced in the starting lineup by true freshman Earl Everett, who made his first career start last Saturday ahead of Crowder, who was slowed by a pulled hamstring last week.
"You keep going, that's football," Zook said. "You stick the next guy in there and go."
The likely starting linebackers Saturday will be Everett and Matt Farrior on the outside and Reid Fleming at middle linebacker. Depth will come from redshirt freshmen Taurean Charles and Brian Crum.
"Taurean's gotten better," Zook said. "And Brian Crum is starting to come around a little bit."
The probable replacement for Parker at tackle is junior Mo Mitchell, who missed most of the Kentucky game with back spasms. Mitchell returned to practice Tuesday and should be ready for Saturday's game, Zook said.
  • MOSS SIDELINED: There's a reason behind true freshman defensive end Jarvis Moss' disappearing act the past two games. He's been hurt, Zook revealed Tuesday.
    Moss, who got his first playing time against Florida A&M three weeks ago, re-aggravated an upper leg injury early in the second half of that game and hasn't been able to play since. Moss possibly could redshirt this season, but Zook said he's hoping he'll recover soon and will contribute this season.
    "He was hurt at the beginning of (preseason) camp, and he stretched tackling (the FAMU) quarterback and re-injured it," Zook said. "That's one of the reasons you haven't seen Jarvis back out there.
    "If he can't go (in the next few weeks) he'll be able to redshirt. I'd like to play him if we can."
    Moss is one of 14 true freshmen who have played this season. Zook said the true freshmen who have not played will all redshirt. That would include quarterback Justin Midgett, defensive tackle Michael Hill, defensive tackle Clint McMillan, offensive tackle Carlton Medder, defensive end Tranell Morant, defensive end Julian Riley and defensive back Jermaine Thomas.
    Morant is redshirting even though he worked with the varsity last week and was listed second on the depth chart at defensive end going into the Kentucky game.
  • : Starting offensive tackle Max Starks, who was hampered by a sprained ankle last week, said he's 100 percent now.
    "I tweaked (the ankle) in the Tennessee game, and they kept me out of practice last week," he said. "This week I feel fine."
    Even though he didn't practice last week, Starks started against Kentucky, but struggled.
    You can reach Robbie Andreu by e-mail at andreur@gvillesun.com or by calling (352) 374-5022
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