Monday, August 24, 2009

Let Sleeping Gators Lie



After two-a-days the Gators are becoming battle worthy, but also very tired.

So on those days of double practices, with TVs, video games and movies among the things at their disposal, guess what was the clear winner as the No. 1 activity between practices?

Here’s a hint: Zzzzzz.

“Oh man, just about everybody sleeps,” linebacker Ryan Stamper, a fifth-year senior, said. “The best thing you can do is sleep. You have to get your rest and take care of your body.”

“I study the playbook and watch film sometimes,” quarterback John Brantley said prior to the end of two-a-days. “But yeah, I catch up on my sleep whenever I can.”

Wide receiver David Nelson — another fifth-year senior — noted, to each his own.

“There are a lot of things to do,” he said. “The X-box games are real popular, but it just depends. Me personally, I’m almost always in the training room. I’m always trying to keep my legs fresh so I can keep up with these 17- and 18-year-olds. Heck, I’m 23.”

Nelson said he does see a lot of the younger players catching up on their rest.

“I feel for the young guys because I know exactly what they’re going through,” Nelson said. “Everything is coming so fast at them right now that it’s easy to get lost. I think sometimes the best thing for them to do is get away from football for a little while, you know, sleep, watch a movie or whatever.”

Freshman quarterback Jordan Reed said Nelson’s advice rings true.

“I spend about 45 minutes studying the playbook because I’m so tired after practice,” Reed said. “I just want to go to sleep.”

Meyer said recently he’s aware of the demands of his tough preseason camps, noting “you have to feel lousy before you can feel good,” and that “if everybody’s feeling lousy, that’s good.”

Mission accomplished.

“Oh man, that’s why everybody sleeps whenever they can,” Stamper said. “Everybody’s worn out.”

“It’s two-a-days,” said senior All-America linebacker Brandon Spikes. “It’s hot and everybody’s aggravated and tired. But you’ve got to keep going. You just tell yourself it will be over soon, and it’s all for a reason.”

Photo: Gainesville Sun
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