Thursday, November 6, 2008

Daily Headlines: Newton probably headed for redshirt

This just isn't Cameron Newton's year.

First, he sprains his ankle, giving pretty-boy John Brantley a leg up in the battle for the backup quarterback job. Brantley took the spot and has done well, going 7-for-11 with 105 yards and two touchdowns in four appearances.

Now, it looks like Newton (left) is going to have to chalk his season up as a loss and take a medical redshirt after being rear-ended by a truck Tuesday. The accident landed him in a neck brace.

Even when he gets healthy, it'll be an uphill climb for Newton against Brantley. He's one of my favorites for the inevitable flood of transfers that will take place after the season ends.


Looking for a reason why Florida's defense is so much better this season? It all starts in the secondary, where Joe Haden and Co. are making big plays, instead of giving them up all the time.

Safety Ahmad Black has had a lot to do with that unit's resurgence. He's leading the team in interceptions (4) and has run back two of them for scores. That's more touchdowns than USC transfer running back Emmanuel Moody has this year.

It's hard to believe that last season, coach Urban Meyer had considered Black and starting defensive tackle Terron Sanders as "recruiting mistakes."

Linebacker Dustin Doe was one of four players -- along with Haden, Black and Sanders -- to cause a turnover against Georgia last week. In fact, Doe forced two. He intercepted one pass and tipped another that Black hauled in. Basically, Doe had to just to keep his job.


Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson is faced with the unenviable task of stopping a Florida team that has beaten its last four opponents by nearly 40 points per game. His plan? Get the Gators to use 10 men and sneak a few extra Commodores on the field.


Take a trip inside the stat-obsessed mind of Urban Meyer


Looks like former UF linebacker and current Jacksonville Jaguar Mike Peterson is having some problems with Jags coach Jack Del Rio. He managed to get himself booted from practice.

Under Del Rio's rules, the next infraction has a more severe punishment. It involves Chris Hanson and an axe.

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