All-America middle linebacker Brandon Spikes and wide receiver Deonte Thompson are still limping around, Spikes on a strained Achilles tendon and Thompson on a strained hamstring.
With injuries like those, some time off certainly would be beneficial. But the Gators need these guys to play. Now. On Saturday in Lexington.
At his weekly news conference Monday, UF coach Urban Meyer was asked if he would consider giving guys like Spikes and Thompson this game off. With the bye week to follow, it would give those players two weeks to heal.
Meyer fairly cringed at the question. It’s not like the Gators are playing Charleston Southern on Saturday. They’re playing a talented 2-0 Kentucky team on its home field.
“That would be one of the major errors in coaching history to do that,” Meyer said. “Because we could lose. Absolutely not. We’re going to bring every thing and go as hard as we can. That gets you out of the profession, those thoughts. You go as hard as you can.
“Spikes will be ready. The good thing is this is a mature group. There will not be a whole lot of cheerleading going on (this week). Just get better and go play.”
Meyer said Thompson is probable for Saturday’s game.
“We had our track guy come over and work with him,” Meyer said. “They’re doing a great job, the best they can. He wants to play. He was broken down last week when he couldn’t go. We needDeonte.”