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SEC East Scrimmages - Injury Glance
Is The Injury Bug Becoming A Theme In Gainesville?
By: BE Coleman
QB Jonathan Crompton threw an interception Saturday during Tennessee's first contact scrimmage after a week of drills. On Monday saw the hyped Matthew Stafford of Georgia throwing an interception in his first action.
Stafford had no touchdowns while going 11 out of 21 for 108 yards in passing, Crompton went 12 out of 16 in passing for 114 yards and no touchdowns.
Crompton finished up his scrimmage with a .750% passing percentage, while Stafford ended Monday with a .523% mark.
Tennessee's leading rusher Saturday was Senior Ja'kori Williams who rushed for 37 yards on 7 carries at 5.2 yards per carry. Georgia's leading rusher was Freshman Caleb King on Monday rushing for 52 yards on 11 carries for a 4.7 yard per carry average.
Georgia's Knowshon Moreno - sore shoulder and Tennessee's Arian Foster - sore knee did not participate in the teams first scrimmage. Results for both teams stats show little separation between number one ranked and number eighteen teams.
Injury Roll Call
Last Wednesday Tennessee found out it had lost D-Tackle Chase Nelson for the season with a knee injury, while Georgia may have lost starting O-Tackle Trinton Sturdivant on Monday.
Sturdivant's leg got caught up in two other players legs that were pushing the line back during a pass play. Strurdivant's situation will not be known until the team trainers reviews x-rays and an MRI.
Sturdivant was one of two Georgia players arrested for inappropriate touching at the East Campus Village dormitory on the university's campus during early summer. Those charges were later reduced to simple battery via an informal resolution with the school.
Georgia and Tennessee are not the only teams in the SEC East with the noted injury bug. The Florida Gators are also seeing players missing practice time.
Gainesville's Walking Wounded
WR - RB Percy Harvin has not practiced in more than a week while nursing a sore Achilles heel from surgery he underwent during spring. Florida is hopeful Harvin will be ready for live work soon.
Wide out Louis Murphy and backup cornerback Markihe Anderson had suffered injuries over the weekend that will keep them out of practice until later in the week said Urban Meyer.
Florida is already in deep trouble in the defensive secondary with both starting safeties in Dorian Munroe and John Curtis out for the season. The Gators are working on a remedy that failed this week-end.
WR - T.J. Lawrence was given a try out at safety last week. After a week in the secondary now finds him moved back to offense. UF Secondary Coach Chuck Heater has not given up just yet. Sophomore WR Justin Williams has been shifted over to defense for a try-out.
D-Tackle Torrey Davis has been suspended for the Gators home opener versus Hawaii. Davis has some issues to remedy said Meyer. "He’s got to take some care of some business, that’s as far as I want to go with that right now -- A multitude of things."
Meyer told reporters on Monday that he and his team were frustrated over the injury bug that the 2006 national champions are now facing. Having lost TE Cornelius Ingham for the season - a potential All-American, Munroe and Curtis leaves the Gators in limbo.
"We're all frustrated, we're all angry," said Meyer on Monday. The problem is that we've had three (torn) ACLs in a month period. That's not good."
Freshmen D-Lineman Matt Patchan (pulled pectoral muscle) and Omar Hunter (back), had to go non-contact during Monday morning practice.
Meyer has named Ingram as a captain for 2008, the big Gator TE let it slip he would concentrate on NFL Combines after his injury was announced. Whether Meyer can sway him for another year is to be seen.
SC Quarterback Sidelined
The often troubled quarterback for South Carolina in Stephen Garcia has been sidelined with an ankle injury. The redshirt freshman will miss a week or so of practice says Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier said Garcia, "thought he got hurt in the scrimmage somewhere. But anyway, he’s limping around. He said he twisted it Saturday," Spurrier added.
"That’s his story and he’s sticking to it." His injury pushes him further down the ladder by not learning under Spurrier during practice when the Ole' Call Coach is working one on one with his quarterbacks.
LB Jasper Brinkley is nursing a sore ankle after missing nearly all of last season when the Gamecocks fell on tough times after reaching number 6 in the BCS.
Georgia coach Mark Richt's son Jon, is a freshman quarterback - with Clemson under Tommy Bowden. Richt told the media that his son already called home for money.
Richt said, "you can just walk to the cafeteria son, you have a meal plan." Richt said he sent no money to his son after asking his son why he was saying he was telling him that he was broke after one week.
Call him Coach-Pa, says Phillip Fulmer. The Tennessee coach is a grandfather now. His daughter Courtney and former linebacker Robert Peace welcomed a son into the world three weeks ago.
Fulmer winced after being called granddaddy - papaw - grandpa, he said just call me "Coach-Pa." Fulmer's grandson is a Texas native from the Lone Star State. Coach-Pa won't escape the famed Tennessee - Texas connection.
Steve Spurrier Jr. is on duty in his new role at South Carolina. Spurrier Jr. now assumes the teams planning in his weekly game plan duties. So what's is dear ole' dad doing? Coaching the SC quarterbacks one on one, among his duties as head coach.
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