September 10, 2007

UF Monday Notebook: Tennessee Week

With Andre Caldwell unavailable for the Tennessee game, Florida has to figure out how to replace him. Wide receiver is the deepest spot on the team, and UF coach Urban Meyer is considering several options as he enters the vital game without his most experienced receiver. Also, see what SEC Offensive Player of the Week Tim Tebow thought about his recruiting visit to Tennessee in 2004 among other notes and quotes from Florida's weekly press conference.

Home games against Tennessee have not gone well for Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell.

The last time the Volunteers played at Florida Field, he suffered a broken femur on a kickoff return and missed the rest of the 2005 season.

This time, he won't get to play at all. Florida coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that a sprained medial collateral ligament will sideline Caldwell for at least one week, leaving the fifth-ranked Gators without their most experienced receiver for their SEC opener against the 22nd-ranked Vols.

"That's a blow," Meyer said. "Bubba's one of the most invested players I've ever been around. He heals real fast and is a very positive person, but he won't play this Saturday."

Meyer said the competition to replace Caldwell would be a "real free-for-all." Sophomore Riley Cooper, his backup at outside receiver, is the leading candidate, but the Gators have other options, including using Cornelius Ingram at that spot instead of his normal role in the slot or sliding Percy Harvin or Louis Murphy there.

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