Trautwein could miss season
Published: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 8:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 5:45 p.m.
The Gators left The Swamp on Saturday with a lightning-shortened 49-3 victory against Western Kentucky.
But all the news wasn't good.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said after the game that he isn't sure senior left tackle Phil Trautwein will be able to return in 2007 from a fractured right foot.
"There's a chance Traut's done for the season," Meyer said.
Carlton Medder moved from right guard into Trautwein's spot against the Hilltoppers. That made true freshman Maurkice Pouncey the first true freshman guard to ever start for the Gators.
So far, Pouncey has impressed Meyer.
"He's one of the best freshman offensive linemen I have ever seen," Meyer said.
Meyer added he asked Pouncey after the game how he played and the 6-foot-4, 311-pounder from Lakeland replied "good." Meyer then half-jokingly asked, "your good or my good?"
Also missing Saturday's contest were redshirt freshman cornerback Jacques Rickerson, redshirt freshman defensive end Lawrence Marsh and sophomore running back/return specialist Brandon James. Meyer did not give reasons, though James was arrested in June for purchasing marijuana from a police informant.
Western Kentucky senior safety Bo Smith had a special fan in The Swamp on Saturday.
Smith's older sister, Maya, who is an Army captain, was able to make a rare trip to one of Bo's games.
Maya hadn't seen her younger brother play since his sophomore season in 2005. To get to the game, she flew from Fort Hood, Tex. — where she is currently based while awaiting a redeployment to Iraq — to Atlanta. There, she was picked up by Bo's older brother, Ladarius.
Ladarius, who had never seen Bo play prior to Saturday because of pharmacy school studies, and Maya drove from Atlanta to Gainesville. They arrived at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before kickoff.
"I am (excited),'' Maya said before the opening kickoff. "(Bo is) excited. He knows I'm here and it's his senior year.''
This summer Maya returned from her second assignment in the Middle East, part of which was spent in 2005 helping train the Iraqi army in chemical warfare. She is scheduled to rejoin the war efforts sometime between July and August next year and that will be a 15-month tour. She spent a few months in Iraq in 2005, but her last tour was spent mostly in Afghanistan.
Bo Smith caused a second-quarter fumble by Cornelius Ingram, but the Gators recovered. Smith finished the afternoon with one solo tackle.
"I know the coach at Appalachian State (Jerry Moore), and that's a fine football team." — Meyer, when asked to comment on the Mountaineers' 34-32 upset victory at No. 5 Michigan.
QUOTABLE, PART II
"Really? That's good to hear." — Gator sophomore receiver Riley Cooper, when told Meyer said he would be adding more touches for Cooper on his gameday play sheet.
Florida commitment Earl Okine, a defensive end from Gainesville High School, said he is working to try to get 6-foot-4, 235-pound Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty inside linebacker Brendan Beal to commit to the Gators. Beal, ranked a four-star linebacker by rivals.com, is scheduled to visit Gainesville in two weeks for the Tennessee game. ... P.K. Yonge product Eric Rutledge started the game at fullback for UF. Also, Joe Haden became the first true freshman to start opening day at cornerback in Florida history. ... Receiver Percy Harvin lined up at quarterback in the first quarter. He took a shotgun snap and was stopped after rushing for a one-yard gain. ... Gator fan Fred Marks has put together www.keepurbanmeyer.com as an effort to keep Meyer from leaving UF for the NFL before 2013. In the past Meyer has said he has no interest in coaching in the NFL. Previously, Marks created www.keepbillydonovan.com, which is still up and running. ... The Gator men's swimming team was introduced to the crowd prior to the game. The gymnastics and soccer teams were recognized at halftime.
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