Notebook: Rainey good to go
Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:20 a.m.
Redshirt freshman tailback Chris Rainey's separated shoulder is not expected to have any lingering effect over the second half of the season, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.
Rainey's shoulder popped out of place at the end of a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter against LSU on Saturday night, and was put back in place by team doctors.
Meyer said Rainey will not participate in any contact work this week, but should be back at full speed next week and full-go for the Oct. 25 Kentucky game.
"He will be fine," Meyer said. "It is not an issue."
Also on the injury front, Meyer said two players banged up in the LSU game — wide receiver Louis Murphy and tight end Aaron Hernandez — are fine and will practice this week. Meyer said tailback Emmanuel Moody, who missed the previous two games with a high ankle sprain, is questionable for the Kentucky game.
"They're pushing him to get ready," Meyer said.
Spreading the line
The Florida offense threw one major change-up at the LSU defense Saturday night, taking wide splits in the offensive line to try and create some running seams for the Gators' small, fast tailbacks — Rainey and true freshman Jeff Demps. It worked.
The Gators have been working on the spread line since last season, but didn't use it extensively until Saturday night.
"We worked on that last year and we used it some last year," offensive line coach Steve Addazio said Wednesday. "We've always liked the concept. I think we were confident going into the game to utilize those. I think it was very productive for us. Ultimately, though, you have to block them, and we blocked them. We did a good job with that.
"I just think like anything else, you talk about the conceptual spread offense, you spread the defense by spreading the force unit. That creates space and you have to defend that space, and that's a good thing."
Addazio said one of the reasons the big splits were successful is that the Gators have a very athletic offensive line that moves well in space.
There are rumors in upstate New York that Addazio will be a strong candidate for the Syracuse job if it comes open as expected at the end of the season. But Addazio is concentrating on his current job.
When asked about the rumor, he said, "I don't have any comment on that. No. No thanks."
Lots of champions
Not surprisingly, the Gators had multiple players grade out as champions in UF's 51-21 victory over previously undefeated and No. 4 LSU on Saturday night.
Fifteen offensive players earned the honor from the coaching staff, while 11 defensive players were recognized.
The offensive players of the game were guard Carl Johnson, making only his second career start, center Maurkice Pouncey, guard Michael Pouncey, offensive tackle Phil Trautwein and offensive tackle Jason Watkins.
The defensive players of the game were true freshman cornerback Janoris Jenkins and middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.
The scout team players of the week were linebacker Jamaal Deveaux and defensive end Earl Okine, the former Gainesville High standout who is redshirting this season.
The Gators lead the SEC in scoring offense (38.5 points a game), passing efficiency (152.8 rating), turnover margin (plus-12) and red zone offense. UF has scored 23 times on 24 trips to the red zone. The Gators are second in the league in scoring defense (13.0 points) and third in total offense (404.3 yards a game).
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