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Moody: Meyer “Really Had A Heart Attack”

Former Florida running back Emmanuel Moody sat down with the folks at GatorBait.net last week — the Rivals site covering UF — and made some interesting comments when asked about Urban Meyer’s initial decision to step down:

“I didn’t know what to think of it.  Personally, for me, I was more worried about his health than anything else, because I saw him the night before and he looked like he was about to have a heart attack, which he did have a heart attack later that night.  So, I knew it was really the real thing.  He really had a heart attack and I saw it coming after the (2009 SEC Championship) game.  But, whatever was going to happen, may God have his way.  Coach Meyer’s health was way too important to thin about football.”

At the time of his brief resignation, Meyer admitted that he’d had chest pains for a while.  After the SEC title game, his wife had to call an ambulance to their home because Meyer had passed out on the floor of their bedroom.

When he returned, Meyer said that his doctors had diagnosed his problem as being esophageal spasms, not heart issues.  The symptoms from such spasms could mimic the chest pains caused by a heart attack. 

Perhaps Moody doesn’t know for sure what his old coach went through.  Or maybe — as a member of the team — he has a better idea of what Meyer actually experienced. 

The rest of us?  We may never know for sure what health issues drove Meyer to briefly retire in late 2009.  Or just how unwise it was for him to return in 2010.

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Emmanuel Moody humbled by senior season as he prepares for December graduation

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Florida RB Emmanuel Moody has accepted a senior season that didn't go as well as he had hoped. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Little has gone the way the Gators wanted this season, something senior running back Emmanuel Moody has come to accept.

A highly touted running back out of Coppell, Texas, Moody spent his first season at USC. With a logjam of running backs in front of him, he transferred to Florida the next season.

Quarterback Tim Tebow led Florida’s rushing attack the past two seasons, and carries were harder to come by. Moody had 58 in each of the past two seasons.

John Brantley took over as quarterback this season, and his passing skills meant he would rely more on the Gators’ running backs to carry the ball. But with a foot injury that has  kept Jeff Demps out this season, and injuries slowing Moody and Mike Gillislee, the run game hasn’t developed as they had hoped.

Moody has 66 carries for 265 yards and no touchdowns this season.

“It’s my fifth year now. If I haven’t learned by now, then I won’t ever learn. Injuries is part of the game,” Moody said. “When we’re healthy, we just try to help the team out as much as we can. For the younger guys, it’s really hard on them. The freshmen, the sophomores, and sometimes the juniors, it’s hard on them because they haven’t understood yet and they have these personal goals coming into the season and when an injury takes you out for half the season, it’s real disappointing.”

For his part, Moody says he’s accepted that this season has “hurt” his chances at the NFL. He will graduate Dec. 18 with a degree in family, youth and community science. Moody, a devout Christian, said he still hopes to take football as far as he can before pursuing mission work.

“I don’t really care about statistics. My statistics this year aren’t great, so why really stress now?,” he said. “I’m just ready to finish this year as a team, and beat Florida State.”


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Florida Getting Healthy For Carolina

Heading into tomorrow’s SEC East Division championship game, Florida is getting a number of players back from the injury list.

Receiver Andre Debose is “pretty close” to being full speed, according to Urban Meyer.  Defensive end Jay Howard is probable, but he’ll be limited if he plays.

Unfortunately for UF, Jeff Demps is still not back to 100% and he will once again be limited against the Gamecocks.  Meyer told The Gainesville Sun, “He won’t play the whole game.”

When Demps comes out, Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody (both healthy) will split carries with Chris Rainey.

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Gillislee And Moody Healthy Again

Heading into last week’s Georgia game, it was believed late in the week that Florida’s running back corps was healthy and ready to go.  When gametime came ’round, however, Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody weren’t on the field.

For that reason, you might want to take the following news with a grain of salt: Urban Meyer says that both Gillislee and Moody will be ready for action Saturday at Vanderbilt.

“Both are 100% for the first time in quite a while.  They had a really good practice (yesterday).”

Jeff Demps will also play — though he still has pain in his sprained left foot — as will running back/receiver Chris Rainey who returned to the team from suspension last week.

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K Caleb Sturgis will not play Saturday, LG Carl Johnson strains calf and other injury updates

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Florida LG Carl Johnson strained his calf in practice on Tuesday. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida coach Urban Meyer updated the media on the Gators’ injury situation on the SEC teleconference on Wednesday morning:

– Kicker Caleb Sturgis will not play again this week. He has been out since the beginning of October with a hairline fracture in his vertebrae. He kicked last week to try to get ready for Georgia, but felt pain and could not play. Sturgis has not kicked this week.

– LG Carl Johnson is wearing a boot after straining his calf in practice Tuesday. Meyer expects him to play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

– WR Andre Debose (ankle) is “closer” to returning. Meyer expected him to be limited in practice today and said he hoped he can practice full on Thursday.

– DT Jaye Howard (ankle) did not practice Tuesday but Meyer said he hoped he could practice today.

– RB Jeff Demps (foot) is being evaluated daily.

– RBs Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Emmanuel Moody (thigh) are healthy. Neither was 100 percent vs. Georgia, Meyer said.


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WR Chris Rainey to play, K Caleb Sturgis out and more Gators news heading into Georgia game

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WR Chris Rainey will play Saturday vs. Georgia after a five-game suspension. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Coming off a bye and facing rival Georgia on Saturday, Florida had several player updates on Thursday.

– WR Chris Rainey will play for the first time since September. He was arrested Sept. 14 and subsequently suspended. He was reinstated Oct. 10 after his legal case was resolved and had to meet conditions to be able to play. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Rainey had done that, and added Thursday that he would play vs. the Bulldogs. He has missed five games.

– Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who was expected to return this week from a hairline fracture in his vertebrae, will not play. Meyer said he had pain when he kicked Wednesday and that when Sturgis could return is unclear. Chas Henry, who has kicked field goals and extra points the past three games, will play in his spot. Henry has missed three field goals, including two vs. Mississippi State. Meyer said Henry made all his field goals in practice Thursday and that he feels comfortable with him inside 40 yards.

– The Gators’ injured RBs got better. Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Emmanuel Moody (thigh) are 100 percent, Meyer said.

“Dempsy is pretty good. We’re gonna rest him tomorrow. He went pretty good today,” Meyer said. “It’s the best he’s been in whatever it’s been, five weeks. He’s not 100 percent yet, but I’m hoping he’s going to be 100 percent at game time.”

– Sprained ankles have hobbled WR Andre Debose and DT Jaye Howard. Both are traveling with the team but Meyer said he doesn’t expect them to play a lot.

– CB Moses Jenkins (elbow) will be available to play for the first time since getting hurt in the season opener.

– OL Matt Patchan (wrist) will not play. He has been trying to return since breaking his wrist in preseason. Meyer was optimistic during the bye week but said Thursday that he’s not ready.

“I just want that kid around. He’s my guy. He’s the guy you want on that bus when you’re going to Jacksonville,” said Meyer, who has praised Patchan for being a high-energy guy. “I love that guy.”


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Florida WR Chris Rainey meets conditions for return to play, will be evaluated again Thursday

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WR Chris Rainey is likely to return vs. Georgia. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida WR Chris Rainey is likely to play Saturday when Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) faces Georgia, coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, Rainey, who was suspended on Sept. 14 after his arrest, has met the conditions of his reinstatement that he agreed to two weeks ago.

“As of now, he’s done everything he’s supposed to do,” Meyer said on the SEC teleconference. “What is today? Wednesday? Tomorrow is the deadline that I set with him and myself, and I’ll just do a thorough check again tomorrow of everything we asked him to do.”

Rainey has missed five games while serving his suspension. With his legal case resolved, he was reinstated to the team Oct. 10 and was on the sideline in shorts and his jersey for the Gators’ game against Mississippi State on Oct. 15.

Rainey was arrested on Sept. 14 on a felony charge of aggravated stalking after texting his on-again, off-again girlfriend, “Time to Die (expletive).” He agreed to deferred prosecution on a misdemeanor charge of stalking on Sept. 27. He has already completed the required community service.

Without Rainey and several injured playmakers, the Gators have missed a big-play threat.

Meyer said Wednesday that Rainey could play running back as well as receiver, depending on how healthy the Gators’ backs are. Jeff Demps has been the biggest loss in the backfield as he has been hampered with a sprained foot for five weeks. RBs Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody have also been hurt. Demps and Gillislee did not practice at full speed Tuesday.

“He’s very explosive, like a Percy type. I think he’s going to bring a lot of explosiveness to the offense,” said left tackle Marcus Gilbert on Monday. “He’s so much more mature.

“For him being suspended, that kind of hurt me. Just seeing him down, walking around campus with his hoodie on. He just wanted to be out here and play. I think he’s going to take full advantage of this chance.”


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Florida WR Chris Rainey meets conditions for return to play

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WR Chris Rainey is likely to return vs. Georgia. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida WR Chris Rainey is likely to play Saturday when Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) faces Georgia, coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.

Rainey, who was suspended on Sept. 14 after his arrest, has met the conditions of his reinstatement that he agreed to two weeks ago.

“As of now, he’s done everything he’s supposed to do,” Meyer said on the SEC teleconference. “What is today? Wednesday? Tomorrow is the deadline that I set with him and myself, and I’ll just do a thorough check again tomorrow of everything we asked him to do.”

Rainey has missed five games while serving his suspension. With his legal case resolved, he was reinstated to the team Oct. 10 and was on the sideline in shorts and his jersey for the Gators’ game against Mississippi State on Oct. 15.

Rainey was arrested on Sept. 14 on a felony charge of aggravated stalking after texting his on-again, off-again girlfriend, “Time to Die (expletive).” He agreed to deferred prosecution on a misdemeanor charge of stalking on Sept. 27. He has already completed the required community service.

Without Rainey and several injured playmakers, the Gators have missed a big-play threat.

Meyer said Wednesday that Rainey could play running back as well as receiver, depending on how healthy the Gators’ backs are. Jeff Demps has been the biggest loss in the backfield as he has been hampered with a sprained foot for five weeks. RBs Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody have also been hurt. Demps and Gillislee did not practice at full speed Tuesday.

“He’s very explosive, like a Percy type. I think he’s going to bring a lot of explosiveness to the offense,” said left tackle Marcus Gilbert on Monday. “He’s so much more mature.

“For him being suspended, that kind of hurt me. Just seeing him down, walking around campus with his hoodie on. He just wanted to be out here and play. I think he’s going to take full advantage of this chance.”


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