Allen strains MCL

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Just got back from the Gator Practice facility where Florida sophomore
Adam Allen arrived at Saturday morning’s practice on crutches. Good
news for Allen and for Gator fans, Allen suffered a strained MCL
ligament in his left knee and will be out a week to 10 days, according
to coach Billy Donovan.

“We were really concerned it was going to be
some kind of tear of the meniscus or tear of the tendon, but it’s not
that way at all,” Donovan said. “It looks like it’s a significant
sprain in his knee and he’ll probably be out for a week right now.”

Allen suffered the injury during the opening minutes of Florida’s first
intra-squad injury when he landed awkwardly going for a rebound.

“Better now than during the season,” Allen said.

Donovan also said that
transfer center Vernon Macklin’s high ankle sprain was more severe than
anticipated that that he will miss practice for at least a few more
weeks.

As for other practice notes, Donovan didn’t want to go so far to
say as he was disappointed in the team’s first intra-squad scrimmage,
but said that he felt like players reverted to worrying about their
offense after a good week of practice.

He went out of his way to say that
sophomore big-man Alex Tyus was developing into a “dependable guy” and
had a good week of practices.

I asked Billy about playing three guards
last season and if he envisioned going bigger this season. In
evaluating starting three guards last season, Billy said he felt
comfortable with all three as offensive players and ball-handlers, but
had reservations about their ability to match up defensively,
especially against bigger, more athletic teams in the Southeastern
Conference.

But he also pointed out there would be other variables
involved as to whether to start bigger, like whether Chandler Parsons’
footspeed would be dependable enough to defend on the wing, or whether
freshman Ray Shipman would be ready to play right away.

Sounds like a
lot remains to be determined. We’ll see.