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UGA’s Grantham Appears To Give UF’s Henry The Choke Sign Before Game-Winning Field Goal

With punter-turned-kicker Chas Henry waiting through an “ice the kicker” timeout on Saturday, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham appeared to give Florida’s player the international sign for “choke.”

Florida fans are forwarding video captures of the overtime gestures to various media outlets.  (Including this one).  Jeff Schultz of The AJC has been trying to track down Grantham or Mark Richt for a comment on the coach’s gesture.  (You can click the headline of this story to see the photo at full size.)

Is this an end of the world thing?  No.  But it’s not exactly a positive either.  Suffice to say, it’s rare for a 44-year-old man to give the choke sign to a 21-year-old kid.

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SEC Headlines – 11/1/10 Part One

1.  Expect more no-huddle, hurry-up offense from Florida.

2.  Punter-turned-kicker Chas Henry got the last laugh on Saturday.

3.  And don’t look now, but for all the doom and gloom in Gainesville, the Gators still control their own destiny.

4.  Georgia’s team is trying to keep a positive mindset after Saturday’s loss to Florida.  (Fans?  Not so much.)

5.  Mark Richt is having to explain why AJ Green didn’t get more touches against the Gators.

6.  Receiver Kris Durham bruised his lung on Saturday and is questionable against Idaho State this weekend.

7.  4-5 Kentucky has been thisclose to breaking through this season… but in the end the Cats have led for just 13 minutes in SEC play.

8.  There’s a chance Kentucky’s football and basketball teams could both be in action on New Year’s Eve.  (I’m guessing a b’ball game with Louisville would draw more eyeballs.)

9.  The UK basketball team opens its season tonight with an exhibition game.

10.  South Carolina’s game with Arkansas isn’t likely to have much bearing on the SEC East race.

11.  Cornerback Chris Culliver is likely out for the season with a shoulder injury.

12.  Steve Spurrier says he didn’t know Marcus Lattimore would be the kind of back who could carry the ball 30+ times a game.

13.  Tennessee still has a month to change people’s perception of them.

14.  Overall, October has been a horrible month for the UT athletic department.

15.  Derek Dooley says his team needs to continue it’s “upward trend.”

16.  Vandy has lost its last three games by a combined score of 113-21. 

17.  Vanderbilt held a memorial service for basketball coach Roy Skinner yesterday.

18.  Current coach Kevin Stallings has made his program more appealing to in-state players.

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Florida supports P/K Chas Henry when critics don’t

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Florida's Chas Henry made a 37-yard field goal to give the Gators a 34-31 overtime win over Georgia on Saturday. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida punter-turned-kicker Chas Henry is in an unenviable position. A stress fracture in his back has kept kicker Caleb Sturgis out for a month, thrusting Henry into a position he hasn’t played since high school. And while Henry is one of the best punters in the country, the rust has shown in his kicking game.

Henry started well enough, making two field goals to account for all of Florida’s points in a 31-6 loss at Alabama in his first game at the position. He made another a week later against LSU.

But three misses in a row, including on in the final seconds against Mississippi State that would have tied the score, drew criticism coming into Saturday’s game against Georgia. Lee Corso even called for Henry to be replaced on ESPN’s College GameDay.

To be sure, the Gators are not in an ideal situation. As coach Urban Meyer said after the Georgia game, “He’s not majored in that.”

Without an adequate backup for Sturgis, who himself is 2-for-4 on field goals this season, Henry became the guy.

A missed field goal in the first quarter certainly didn’t prove critics wrong.

But Meyer stuck with him, and he ended his streak of four misses with a 34 yarder in the fourth quarter.

Henry said his coaches’ confidence, as well as that of his teammates, never wavered. Even still, Henry’s make was impressive for a guy who hasn’t played that position in three years and is now 4-for-8 on field goals.

“It was Chas Henry making a damn field goal,” Meyer said. “Think about that for a minute.”

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Henry Rewards Gators For Their Faith In Him

In the days leading up to Saturday's annual Florida-Georgia game, Gators senior punter/kicker Chas Henry walked around practice chanting "redemption week, redemption week'' to anyone within earshot.

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Pictures: Gators win in overtime

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Florida kicker Chas Henry (17) celebrates his overtime game-winning field goal in the Gators 34-31 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla Saturday, October 30, 2010. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)

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