Notebook: Doe suspended for opener
Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:33 p.m.
Florida coach Urban Meyer doesn’t like to disclose suspensions publicly, but Tuesday he made an exception by announcing senior linebacker Dustin Doe’s status for Saturday’s opener against Charleston Southern.
“Dustin will not play the first game,” Meyer said.
Doe was suspended indefinitely in late July and pleaded no contest in August to two misdemeanor driving charges and was placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay $622 in court fees.
Meyer didn’t say how long Doe would be suspended for, but said his status will be “week-to-week.”
However, Meyer’s good will toward the media didn’t last too long. When asked if sophomore cornerback Janoris Jenkins would also be suspended, Meyer said he wouldn’t announce that.
Jenkins was arrested on May 30 for his role in a fight downtown. Police used a Taser on Jenkins and charged him with affray and resisting arrest without violence when he tried to flee the scene.
Jenkins then signed a deferred prosecution agreement with the State Attorney’s Office in June. If he fulfills the demands of the agreement, his record will be cleared of the charge.
A year ago at this time, Kenny Carter and Dan McCarney were new to Florida and had arguably the toughest jobs of the assistants heading into their first year in Gainesville.
Both were asked to take over inexperienced and unproven positions and both produced two highly productive groups.
The Gators averaged 231.1 rushing yards per game and were rated the 10th-best rushing offense in the country.
Florida’s defensive line totaled more than 200 tackles and had 48 of the Gators’ 72 sacks.
Now, with confidence and experience oozing from both positions, their respective coaches have found that they are more focused on the actual game this weekend than readying their athletes.
“We’re just anxious to play,” McCarney said. “It’s been six, seven, eight months and it’s time to play a game.”
Carter said he’s just thrilled to have each one of his running backs healthy for the first time in a while. It’s made for quite an entertaining battle at running back.
“We’ve gone a week without a ding, so we’re real happy,” he said.
“You’ve got three guys who can play in any place in the country.
“It’s as even as it could possibly get and the edge goes to Jeff (Demps) because Jeff is a guy that is very consistent in scheme.”
Now that McCarney doesn’t have to worry about the development of his line, he’s had time to burn one simple message into his players’ minds.
“You guys are on scholarship. Get your butt around the quarterback’s neck and let’s get some pressure,” he said. “We’ll have a better chance to do that this year.”
Left side still a question
Meyer said an announcement concerning Florida’s starting offensive line could be made Wednesday, but he’s still unsure of what it will look like.
Sophomores Matt Patchan and James Wilson and redshirt junior Carl Johnson are still competing for the left guard and tackle spots.
“I wish we were locked in by now,” he said. “Honestly, I wish we had our five set.”
Tebow for Heisman
Meyer on if he’ll start a Heisman campaign for quarterback Tim Tebow: “I’m going to visit with our S.I.D. about that,” he joked. “Maybe get a billboard or something like that.”
Meyer said that juniors Brandon Hicks (ankle) and Lawrence Marsh (ankle) practiced individually Tuesday and both could practice with the team Wednesday. ... Senior receiver Carl Moore (back), redshirt freshman cornerback Jeremy Brown (back) and freshman linebacker Jelani Jenkins (ankle) are not ready to practice, Meyer said.
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