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SEC Headlines – 4/28/11 Part Three



Would a win over Florida State save the Gators’ season?

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The year started with high expectations but has been largely disappointing. A win over rival FSU might go a long way to make up for that. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

After Florida beat Appalachian State last week, center Mike Pouncey said a win this week at Florida State would still make the season a success. Not to be mistaken, the Gators fell short of their goal of returning to Atlanta for the SEC title game.

But, after all the Gators and their fans have been through this season – transitioning to life after Tim Tebow, Chris Rainey’s arrest, a rash of injuries that might be the worst in coach Urban Meyer’s career and three home losses – is Pouncey right?

It has been a difficult season in Gainesville, but at least Florida can end it on a high note by extending its six-game winning streak over the Seminoles.

What do you think? If Florida wins today’s game at Doak Campbell Field, does that save the season? Vote below, please.

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A Random Stop In Gainesville Changed The Gators’ Fortunes

If you have spent much time around Tallahassee the past four years or live next door to a Florida State fan, you probably know that Gators senior center Mike Pouncey and his brother Maurkice are liked about as much as – well, think LeBron and Cleveland – by FSU fans.

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VIDEO: Gary Beemer’s TD the highlight of Gators’ senior day

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Florida walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored his first touchdown ever in the fourth quarter of the Gators' 48-10 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. (AP photo)

In a Florida Senior Day full of emotional moments – Ahmad Black’s prayer in the end zone, Mike Pouncey wearing a helmet for his introduction because he didn’t want everyone to see him cry, half of the lineup swaying to “We Are the Boys” – one stood out above the rest.

Walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored the first touchdown of his life. Coach Urban Meyer put him in late in the fourth quarter, and it took Beemer three carries to get the most memorable moment of his football career.

“He works harder than anybody on the team. He gave his life to this program too. He don’t get all the fame and all the glory,” said Pouncey. “He’s a special guy to us. We love him like a brother.”

Afterward, he entertained the media for about five minutes, showing anyone in the press room why he’s a favorite among his teammates and coaches. Beemer has already graduated and is working on his master’s degree in exercise physiology. He’ll be back next season as a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff. His goal is to pursue a career in coaching.

For now, though, he’s enjoying his senior day.

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Meyer on Rainey: "He hit rock bottom and he is coming up and going as fast as he possibly can."

His teammates say Chris Rainey is a different person. Senior center Mike Pouncey, who knows Rainey as well as anyone on the team, says Rainey’s "attitude about the game” has changed drastically since he was suspended earlier this season for five games.

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Former Gator Rips UF Offense And Gets Racial In The Process

Let me make something clear… I’m not one of those guys who sprints to my keyboard everytime there’s an opportunity to write, “What if a white guy had said that?” 

I’ve been around long enough to know that whites, blacks, browns, reds, yellows, blues and greens are all quite capable of saying stupid things and harboring ignorant biases.  As humans, we’re a pretty dumb bunch.

That said…

Former Florida linebacker Channing Crowder — now a Miami Dolphin — doesn’t have much good to say about the state of Urban Meyer’s offense this year.

“They don’t have an identity.  They don’t know what — John Brantley don’t know what he wants to do.  He can’t outrun anybody.  I saw him get run down by a white linebacker last week, which was a disgrace to all Florida football history.”

In a later interview, Crowder continued (talking about Brantley and Trey Burton): “You can see the offense is nothing without Tebow.  When I saw a white linebacker … ran down Brantley twice, I said, ‘Yeah, we have no chance.’

“First, he’s a linebacker.  Tim Tebow would’ve walked away from a linebacker, and he’s white.  If a white linebacker is running down your running quarterback, we don’t have a chance.

“They should put (center Mike Pouncey) back at quarterback — let him run.”

Was Crowder kidding?  Probably.

Or maybe he’s just an nitwit.  This is the same player who once said before playing an NFL game in London: “I didn’t know until Tuesday that people in London speak English.”

So we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he was just trying entertain the local press corps with his “white linebacker” routine.


If a white player had said, “They let a black quarterback throw all over them,” it would have made national headlines.  Right, wrong, that’s a fact.  And no benefit of the doubt would have been extended to the speaker.

Now on to the main point — Crowder said what many other Florida fans have said this year.  “John Brantley can’t run.”

No, he can’t.  And why anyone thought he could, I have no idea.  But that is not Brantley’s fault.

Peyton Manning — who as a Patriots fan, I despise — looks like Ichabod Crane in cleats.  He couldn’t outrun a linebacker of any color on a zone-read play if his life depended on it.  That’s just not his game.  But he can pass the eyes out of a defense.  That is his game.

Like Manning, Brantley is a dropback passer.  And you don’t criticize dropback passers for their inability to run the option.  (See: Tim Couch in Bill Curry’s option offense at Kentucky.)

Crowder and Gator fans who are upset with Brantley’s lack of ball-carrying skills should take the issue up with Florida’s head coach.  He’s the man who wants Brantley to run the ball.  You can bet Brantley would rather stand in the pocket and wing it.

Right past all those black defensive linemen, white linebackers, black corners and white safeties.

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