Notebook: Offensive line getting healthy

Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 at 5:28 p.m.

Redshirt junior offensive lineman James Wilson, who saw limited action Saturday after sustaining a knee injury the first week, is expected to fully participate in practice by Wednesday.

"He's had some cartilage issues in the past and it keeps swelling up on him," Meyer said.

Redshirt freshman Jon Halapio has started two games this season and played in place of Wilson against USF.

On a positive note for the 10th-ranked Gators (2-0), sophomore tackle Xavier Nixon could return to his left tackle spot against the Volunteers (1-1). Nixon missed the opener with a knee injury and played blocking tight end against the Bulls.

"We were beat to mess during training camp with our offensive line, but now you're starting to see a full rotation of linemen, including when you have to put a tight end in there, like Xavier Nixon or (Marcus) Gilbert or one of those big cats," Meyer said.

Meyer praises Robinson

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's 502 total yards of offense (244 passing, 258 rushing) caught Meyer's eye Saturday. The former Deerfield Beach athlete was heavily recruited as a receiver and quarterback by Florida, and Meyer could only smile when asked about Robinson on Monday.

"He's the best player in the country right now," he said.

Pouncey's big gift

With his first NFL check from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Pouncey's twin brother, Maurkice, bought him a 2010 Cadillac Escalade.

Mike then stressed his brother used his own money to purchase it.

"He bought it, now," Mike said.

Johnson jabs UT

Senior guard Carl Johnson was asked Monday if he was upset at not facing former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who is now the head coach at Southern Cal.

Johnson paused and then formulated his answer into a witty question.

"What would you prefer — to lose to Florida or can't go to a bowl game for two years?" Johnson said. "I think we already defeated him."

Johnson then took a shot a the Vols' hygiene that was called into question after an outbreak of staph infections last week. Johnson was surprised to hear of a team not taking cleanliness seriously.

"Grown men not bathing ..." he said.


Offense — Emmanuel Moody, Maurice Hurt, Trey Burton, Marcus Gilbert

Co-Offensive Players of the Game — Jeff Demps and Mike Pouncey

Defense — Janoris Jenkins, Justin Trattou, A.J. Jones, Duke Lemmens

Defensive Player of the Game — Ahmad Black

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