Safety finally gets word from home


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
The anxiety-filled wait for senior Florida safety Deshawn Carter ended Wednesday morning.
Carter, a Hammond, La., native, heard from his parents for the first time since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast Monday morning.
"Everything is fine," Carter said. "There's no flooding. A lot of trees are blown down, a lot of power lines.
"The power and electricity are still off. That's why they weren't able to contact me. There were a couple of lines up at the police station, but they weren't able to make long distance calls."
Hammond is about 35 miles northwest of New Orleans, which sustained the brunt of the storm and is still encountering flooding problems. As of Wednesday, the death toll of the storm is feared to be near 1,000.
Carter admitted there were some nervous moments. He thought about trying to drive home Tuesday.
"At one point, I broke down and called coach (Urban Meyer), and just said, 'Coach I'm gone,' " Carter said. "But I mean, I couldn't get there. I guess by the time I got to Pensacola, I would have been stopped anyway."
Carter said that his parents' house was able to withstand the storm without major damage.
"Our shed is pretty messed up, but our house is fine," Carter said. "That's a blessing because we're around a million trees."
  • ESTOPINAN OUT: Meyer said reserve defensive lineman Javier Estopinan will be out for the Wyoming game, but is progressing better than originally expected. Estopinan is still wearing a protective boot on his right ankle.
    "He's got a pulled muscle," Meyer said following Wednesday's practice. "They were saying two weeks, three weeks, now they are saying there's a chance next week (against Louisiana Tech)."
    Linebacker Earl Everett (sore neck) practiced with contact for the first time this week and came through without any problems.
    "He's A-OK," Meyer said. "He's ready to go."
  • MEYER HONORED: Meyer will be honored today as the recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award for 2004. The Football Writers Association of America elected Meyer after he guided Utah to a 12-0 record and a BCS win in the Fiesta Bowl against Pittsburgh.
    "Honestly, I wish it was some time last year because that's old news," Meyer said. "But I'm very appreciative of it."
    The ceremony will take place tonight at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.
  • DEPTH CONCERNS: Meyer re-iterated a theme that he has harped on since fall camp began: he's pleased with his starters, but concerned about depth.
    "I'm still not satisfied with where our backups are," Meyer said. "At a place like Florida, our backups should be better than what they are doing right now. But our ones, on offense, on defense, I particularly like."
    Meyer said he still hasn't decided on a starting tailback, starting kicker and backup quarterback for Saturday.
    "Those will be game-time decisions," he said.
  • KICKING IN FOR KATRINA: Florida will donate $75,000 from pay-per-view telecast revenue from the Wyoming game to the American Red Cross to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina. ... Meyer said that players will wear shirts and ties when entering the stadium for Gator Walk. As for suits, "It's too frigging hot around here," Meyer said. "Then, I'd have to wear one."
    Kevin Brockway can be reached at (352) 374-5054 or by e-mail at brockwk@gvillesun.com .
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