Monday, November 26, 2012
Jelani Jenkins out for Florida's bowl game
By Edward Aschoff
Florida junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins has been ruled out of whatever bowl the Gators go to, coach Will Muschamp said Monday.
Muschamp said Jenkins, who left Saturday's win over Florida State in the second half with an injury, underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot on Monday. Muschamp said recovery will take four to six weeks, but that Jenkins should be healthy enough for spring practice.
With Jenkins sidelined, freshman Antonio Morrison will fill in. He's been a pleasant surprise for the Gators' defense this year and helped spark Florida's 24-point rally against the Seminoles over the weekend with his hit on FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel that jarred the ball loose and into the hands of Gators' defensive lineman Dominique Easley in the fourth quarter.
Morrison is actually eighth on the team with 30 tackles on the season. That's one more than Jenkins. Losing Jenkins hurts, but Morrison has played well enough all season that there shouldn't be a huge drop off with him in the lineup.
Murray goes silent
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has opted not to speak to the media this week, as he and his Bulldogs prepare for Saturday's SEC championship game against Alabama. Murray met with coach Mark Richt and asked to be relieved of his media duties this week.
Murray also chose not to speak with the media following the Bulldogs' win over Georgia Tech this past weekend.
It's an interesting move by Murray, who is not only the quarterback but is basically the face of Georgia's football team. He has been one of Georgia's most talkative players during his career.
"I don't think it has anything to do with the media," linebacker Christian Robinson said about Murray's media blackout. "Him personally, I don't think he's trying to send a message. He's just so dedicated to this week and being prepared."
Robinson also said that Murray was studying film all day Sunday.
"I know this one game means so much to him," Robinson added. "He works his tail off every day and people really don't see that sometimes. He just wants to be completely ready and not have any distractions and sometimes talking to the media takes a little bit of time away. He's just trying to get prepared and I don't think it's bigger than that. This is the biggest game of our career."
Murray has always been able to deliver the stats, but he's historically struggled in big games, including passing for just 163 yards and one touchdown to two interceptions on 40 percent passing in last year's blowout loss to LSU in the SEC championship game.
He'll need as much focus as he can muster this week against Alabama and the Tide's No. 1-ranked defense. Let's see if his change in approach pays off.