Eyes on Crowder, Berlin

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 7:25 a.m.
A couple of former Gators have drawn a lot of attention at Miami Dolphins' minicamp.
Third-round pick Channing Crowder is expected to contribute at all three linebacker positions in the team's 4-3 defense, and says concerns about a right anterior cruciate ligament that has been operated on three times and been scoped once and a left ACL that has undergone surgery once are understandable, but not something he is worried about.
"I played two years in college on them and for a couple of years I was respected at Florida," Crowder said. "People can't look past that. I understand people have to put a red flag on it with some of the injuries. I'm just glad the doctor here took a chance on me to come down here. It's a beautiful city and I can prove I'm healthy enough to play."
Coach Nick Saban said his concerns were alleviated when UF team doctor Pete Indelicato, whom Saban has spoken with about becoming a medical consultant, gave Crowder the OK. And recently Crowder lifted around 300 pounds on one of the Dolphins' quadriceps machines (possibly the highest total of any Miami player), showing he has good strength around his knees.
Also with the Dolphins is free agent quarterback Brock Berlin, who spent his first two seasons at UF before transferring to Miami rather than wait behind Rex Grossman.
Berlin wasn't selected in last weekend's draft, but was called by the Dolphins soon after and signed last week. It marked the third time (first out of high school, then when he transferred) Berlin had been recruited by Saban.
"He's been somebody that we've known for a long time and really kind of respected what he's been able to accomplish," Saban said. "Hopefully he'll be able to develop and compete here at the quarterback position for us."
You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com. Quotes for this story were taken from press releases issued by the Miami Dolphins.

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