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October 12, 2012
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week The Silver Lining will take on a "news and notes" format to keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Last night on Thursday Night Football a pair of former Gators offensive linemen were forced to leave the game early for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Center Maurkice Pouncey suffered an injury to his right MCL though the severity is not currently known; it occurred when teammate and right tackle Marcus Gilbert rolled over his leg at the end of the play early in the first quarter. Gilbert himself went down in the second quarter when he injured his right ankle and was unable to put any weight on it. Neither player returned and now Pittsburgh is waiting to see how long both players will be out of action.
In yet another impressive 2012 ALDS performance, former Gators submarine pitcher Darren O'Day tossed 2.2 innings of no-hit ball with a walk and a strikeout for the Baltimore Orioles in the team's 2-1 extra-innings victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday. O'Day, who has personally struck out Alex Rodriguez three times in as many face-offs this series, has only given up one hit in five postseason games up to this point in 2012. He has tallied five strikeouts, one walk and one hit in 7.0 scoreless innings so far against New York.
Now that he is healthy and staying on the field, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is receiving all kinds of praise from his teammates, who have called him one of the best players in the league. Running back Adrian Peterson recently said that Minnesota has "two Jordans" (in reference to Michael Jordan, noting that neither he nor Harvin is the "Scottie Pippen" of the Vikings). "Percy is the best player I've ever played with," said the man who has suited up alongside Brett Favre, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams. Some NFL analysts even have Harvin in preliminary MVP discussions though he has a long way to go until that becomes a reality.
In an interview with USA Swimming, Florida senior Elizabeth Beisel, who won two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics and will finish her collegiate career this year, spoke at length about the games as well as some of her teammates that were also Gators. She thanked head coach Gregg Troy, who was also the men's coach in the Olympics, for all he has done for her and also said he is one of the smartest people she has ever met. She also called former Florida teammates Teresa Crippen her best friend. "She was the one who was always next to me the last two years in training," Beisel added. Finally she defended Ryan Lochte for not winning more gold at the Olympics, noting that the schedule he put out there for himself was impossible. "It sort of disgusts me that people would call it an unsuccessful Games for him," she said. "Ryan didn't win gold in the 200 IM or backstroke, but name one person who could have even done that double. I have so much respect for him."
Now a member of the Miami Dolphins, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney signed with the team nearly two full weeks ago but has yet to see the field. Why? Head coach Joe Philbin is waiting for him to get acclimated with the playbook and playing with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "He's making progress, yeah," Philbin said, according to the Miami Herald. "Part of it is getting through the terminology barrier. Part of it is learning the concepts themselves. Football's football. It's not all that much different, but there's still a little bit. He's working hard at it, staying after practice. We'll see how he progresses."
Gators softball will begin its fall tune-up schedule over the weekend and will be one of six Florida teams (including football) in action across the country. The biggest games will be played by the No. 11 volleyball and No. 12 soccer teams, which have steadily moved up their sport's respective rankings after starting their seasons slow. Volleyball will remain in Gainesville, FL over the weekend, hosting Ole Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. and Auburn on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (live on Sun Sports). Soccer will also play host to a pair of matches, taking on Missouri on Friday at 7 p.m. (live on Sun Sports) and Mississippi State on Sunday (live on Comcast SportSouth). Also in action over the weekend are women's golf (Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC) and men's and women's cross country (Pre-Nationals in Louisville, KY).