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Florida loses kicker Caleb Sturgis for 6-8 weeks

Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:19 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida's chances at beating Alabama took a hit today, when kicker Caleb Sturgis aggravated a previous back injury. According to GatorSports.com, Sturgis suffered a stress fracture and herniated disc in his back earlier this month, and though Sturgis was able to kick through the injury this far into the season, the rehab is expected to take him 6-8 weeks this time around.

Obviously, this is bad news for Sturgis; place-kicking is so dependent on athletic precision that not having a healthy back can absolutely wreck Sturgis' technique. Further, the long the injury sidelines him, the longer he'll need to re-develop that muscle memory well enough to reliably hit field goals. Thus, while the report puts him back for the last week or so of the regular season, we'd be shocked if Sturgis returned before Florida's bowl game.

What's more, the precision in special teams isn't limited to the kicking itself; punter Chaz Henry will be kicking field goals now, and unless he's very flexible, that means he'll have to relinquish his role as placeholder. We're not sure who the new placeholder will be, but we're pretty sure that sheerly by dint of the lack of repetitions, they won't have the timing and rapport down nearly as well as Sturgis and Henry did before the injury.

All of which is to say that Florida's special teams are appreciably worse now than they were 24 hours ago, and Urban Meyer's undoubtedly acutely aware of that. If that changes his playcalling at all, that may not be quite a bad thing; if Meyer continues two drives where he'd normally kick a field goal, and only one ends in a touchdown, the Gators are still better off than if they'd made both field goals. Obviously, having a good field goal kicker is much more preferable to just going for it all the time, but a shift in offensive priorities may not automatically be a bad thing.

Comments

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:52 pm
 

Florida loses kicker Caleb Sturgis for 6-8 weeks

like not having their kicker matter in this red PILLOW rivalry.  they needed their qb to be out 6-8. they were so overmatched it wasnt even funny. and the thing is alabama just played a so so game. the gators are NOT a top ten and the suc conference in general is overrated. iowa had the same exact score vs penn state as alabama did. alabama is very good but this not an unbeatable team. lsu at ten is just a huge joke



Since: Oct 2, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:22 pm
 

Florida loses kicker Caleb Sturgis for 6-8 weeks

Florida lost because Alabama is number ONE for sure. And I guess Urban Meyer said they would be ready for Alabama, but that meant they would be ready and willing to loose, for which there was no option.  Brantly is no Tebow or even a McElroy.  I would have been happy if they had shown up like Arkansas did last week, but that turned out to be an epic fail.  The Gators are a top 10 but not a 9.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2010 10:54 pm
 

Florida loses kicker Caleb Sturgis for 6-8 weeks

...okay, that's why they lost...of course...



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2010 10:30 am
 

Florida loses kicker Caleb Sturgis for 6-8 weeks

i think i just heard chris berman say "c'mon man!" don't think a place kicker is really going to make that much of a difference today.




Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:28 pm
 

The Nightmare Starts A Night Early

      
;     &nbs
p;      I am sure that Coach Saban would rather beat the water lizzards wnen they are 100% so they cant claim that they were beaten because of not being 100%. But either way Nightmare 2 has begun.


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