UF football notebook


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Brandon Siler had a 4.0 grade point average in high school and Alvin Butler scored a perfect 1,600 on the SAT his senior season.
So, who has the smarter linebackers, Florida, with Siler and Butler, or Vanderbilt?
Siler probably didn't realize it, but his answer to that very question Monday may have revealed all.
"I don't know how smart their linebackers is," Siler said.
Oops. Siler is a good student and a good linebacker, but based on grammar alone, Vanderbilt has to get the nod for the smartest linebackers in Saturday's game.
SEC awards for Mincey, Miller Senior defensive end Jeremy Mincey and sophomore offensive guard Drew Miller have been recognized by the SEC for their strong play in UF's 14-10 win over Georgia on Saturday.
Mincey was named SEC defensive player of the week and Miller was named offensive linemen of the week Monday.
Mincey led the Gators in tackles with seven and had a critical tackle for an 8-yard loss midway through the fourth quarter that helped stall a Georgia drive in UF territory. With Mincey leading the way, the Gators held the SEC's best offense to only 286 total yards.
On the other side of the ball, Miller graded out a career-high 92 percent and had six knockdown blocks as the Gators averaged 5.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Lots of champions As expected in a big win, many Gators graded out as champions in Saturday's game.
UF coach Urban Meyer said the champions on defense were Mincey, Siler, ends Ray McDonald and Jarvis Moss, tackles Marcus Thomas and Steven Harris, and the starting secondary of Jarvis Herring, Reggie Nelson, Dee Webb and Vernell Brown. Siler and Mincey were the defensive players of the game.
The offensive champions were linemen Mike Degory, Lance Butler, Steve Rissler, Randy Hand and Miller, wide receivers Dallas Baker, Jemalle Cornelius and Kenneth Tookes, running backs DeShawn Wynn and Markus Manson, tight end Tate Casey and quarterback Chris Leak.
Injury update Baker, who sprained his ankle in the first half of Saturday's game but returned in the second half, was held out of practice Monday along with Siler, who played the game on a sprained ankle.
"Dallas is sore today," Meyer said. Siler was wearing a protective boot on his right ankle Monday, but said he will be ready for Saturday's game.
Meyer said Wynn, the starting tailback, had a knee cap issue but should be fine by today.
Offensive guard Jim Tartt returned to practice Monday after missing the Georgia game with an injured knee.
Offense avoids bad plays Meyer said one of the most promising aspects of the offense's performance Saturday was the Gators' ability to avoid a negative plays and big losses.
"It's a great sign," he said. "We all say offensive football is a 10-yard game, so win each game. When it's second-and-14, those are hard to win. In the first half we didn't have a lot of those plays and nonsense penalties that knock us back.
"In the second half, we had a couple of nonsense penalties that did set us back and took us off course. Right now, we're just not functional enough to rally back from a big negative-yardage play."
Robbie Andreu can be reached at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com

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