Notebook: Pouncey thinks Rainey will return
Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 2:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 2:39 p.m.
A close friend and teammate of Florida receiver Chris Rainey said he expects him to return to the team.
Senior center Mike Pouncey said Wednesday he thinks Rainey will be wearing a Gator uniform again at some point this season.
“He’ll be back,” Pouncey said. “We just don’t know when.”
Pouncey and Rainey were teammates at Lakeland High and part of the same UF 2007 recruiting class.
Rainey has been suspended indefinitely since being arrested Sept. 14 on charges of aggravated stalking after threatening a female acquaintance with a text message. The State Attorney’s office is still reviewing the charges.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said last week that Rainey is “not with the team.” But Meyer has not set an exact length of the suspension or ruled out a chance that Rainey could return to the team.
Jeff Demps said he was “a little sore” but otherwise feeling OK after carrying the ball 26 times last week against Tennessee.
“I actually feel pretty good,” Demps said. “You know, it was tough carrying it that many times, but I think I can do it.”
Demps said he was limping in the first quarter of the game against the Vols because an offensive lineman stepped on his foot. But otherwise, Demps said he held up to the contact. Demps also returned two kickoffs and had three catches for 31 total touches in the game.
Asked if he did anything to prepare for a potential increased workload this week, Demps said: “I usually go in and get massages two times a week. I kind of increased that to four times a week.”
Meyer said that redshirt freshman receiver Andre Debose is still in the process of learning the intricacies of UF’s spread offense.
Debose was moved from the slot to outside receiver during fall camp last month and hasn’t been a factor in the offense. In UF’s first three games, Debose has yet to record a catch while playing limited minutes.
“Learning curve,” Meyer said, when asked about Debose. “We’re force-feeding that as much as we can as fast as we can. It’s just got to happen pretty quick.”
Senior receiver Carl Moore defended UF’s much-maligned receiving corps Wednesday.
“I feel the receivers, when our number is called we’re doing our job,” Moore said. “We just have to keep going and make sure we get better each week.”
Florida’s receivers combined for 11 catches against Tennessee. But some college football analysts have said the receivers’ inability to separate from defensive backs have held back UF’s passing game. Florida quarterback John Brantley has yet to pass for more than 200 yards in a game this season.
Florida’s longest completion this season has gone for 25 yards, suggesting receivers have been unable to generate yards after the catch.
“At the same time, we have to be in situations to get yards after the catch,” Moore said. “It’s hard to get yards when we are jumping up in the air to make catches, just stuff like that. We’re making plays when we can and that’s it right now.”
Tight end Jordan Reed sat out Wednesday’s practice with a strep throat infection. ... Left tackle Xavier Nixon said his knee is back to “100 percent” following surgery over the summer to repair cartilage. Nixon wore a bandage on his left middle finger, but said the injury was a sprain. ... Demps was named as one of 51 players on the Hornung Award Watch List, given to the nation’s most versatile college football player.