Notebook: Tough time for Wayne Lyons


For Ft. Lauderdale Dillard safety Wayne Lyons, this was supposed to be his finest season.

Senior year, tons of Division 1 interest, and a talented team surrounding him. Lyons expected to end his high school career on top.

Unfortunately, he could miss the rest of the regular season after sustaining a knee injury late last month in Dillard’s 21-19 loss to Cypress Bay.

Lyons said he strained his MCL after taking a “dirty” hit from a player while on punt team.

Despite being injured, Lyons said he plans to stay alongside his team until the end. He was expected to visit Gainesville for the LSU game Saturday, but he decided to stay down south for Dillard’s game against rival Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson.

As far as recruiting goes,’s fourth-best safety, has officially visited UCLA and Notre Dame. He’ll next visit Nebraska on Oct. 29. Stanford, Michigan and Florida are also a part of his final list.

Lyons declared early in his recruitment that Florida was his No. 1 school, but Florida took its time extending him an offer.

While Lyons says he remains open with those six schools, Florida has the advantage of being close to home and starting as his favorite. Because of the close distance, Lyons said he doesn’t plan on officially visiting Florida.

He’ll make his college decision live at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January.

The one that got away
Five weeks into the college football season and Florida fans have got to be wondering, “What if?”

What if Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard Robinson had picked Florida over Michigan a couple years ago? Would Florida actually have one of the most potent offenses in the SEC? Would Florida have the best two-quarterback system in the country?

Would all the questions surrounding the offense disappear?

Who really knows? But what we do know is that through five games, Robinson is hands down the Heisman Trophy favorite at this point.

He’s averaging 201.6 passing yards per game and has seven touchdowns, but what’s really impressive is that he’s running for 181 yards a game and has eight scores. He’s also rushed for touchdowns of 87 and 72 yards and has a long pass of 74 yards.

Florida coach Urban Meyer wanted him, but said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches conference call that he wasn’t sure how much he’d use him as Florida’s main quarterback.

“I thought he was fantastic,” Meyer said. “He’s a good young man. We wanted him that badly, because we thought he could be our curveball. I thought he could be a quarterback because he has a nice throwing motion, and he’s a ridiculous athlete.”

Barr still attending
Internet rumors swirled Wednesday that Lakewood, Calif., defensive lineman Todd Barr was canceling his trip to Gainesville this weekend. However, reported late Wednesday that he will be officially visiting for the LSU game.

Also Punta Gorda Charlotte running back and Clemson commit Mike Bellamy said he will visit this weekend as well. Florida’s staff has been after Bellamy for a while, even after he committed to Clemson, and is thought to be Florida’s top prospect at the position.