GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Florida coach Urban Meyer walked out of his office around noon Wednesday, he saw starting guard Maurkice Pouncey wearing a sling on his right arm.
Down the hall, promising sophomore fullback Steven Wilks was standing on crutches, having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice two days earlier.
“It’s the worst part of coaching,” Meyer said.
The best part of coaching came a few months ago. When 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow announced Jan. 11 that he was returning to Florida for his senior season, the Gators once again became the team to beat.