Wednesday, October 1, 2003

UF lineman sounds off on Internet

Gator bites back at fans dissatisfied with win over UK

The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - He doesn't do interviews these days. Nevertheless, Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell has a way of telling everyone how he feels.

On the Internet, he's known as "Showstoppa 75," and this week, he let his critics know what he thinks of them in a pointed, expletive-laden posting on a Web site popular with Gators fans.

"Some people need to realize that everything isn't going to be perfect all the time," wrote the senior left guard, who has acknowledged being the owner of the screen name. "What I can't stand is people who critize (sic) us for giving 100% every week for the team and the fans. This is a perfect circumstance where u (sic) realize what people are with u (sic), and the ones who are just 'bandwagon.' "

Most of the criticism among fans and media this season has been directed not at players, but at coach Ron Zook and his staff. Zook escaped a major firestorm when No. 24 Florida (3-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Kentucky 24-21 last Saturday, the biggest comeback victory in the 90-plus-year history of the program.

The victory, however, didn't exactly assuage Florida fans who like to play Monday Morning Quarterback on Gator-fan Web sites.

In a 300-word reply to an earlier post, Snell defended his team's play and questioned critics of the offensive line.

"It doesn't bother me when a nobody thinks we're a problem," he wrote. "If u (sic) think we are (a problem), come out to practice, put on some pads, and come on over to our area, then we'll see."

• Defensive lineman Kenny Parker and linebacker Channing Crowder both had knee surgery Tuesday and are expected to miss two to four weeks.

The Gators host Mississippi (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday.

KANSAS STATE: Ell Roberson is ready to lead No. 16 Kansas State again.

After a three-week layoff with an injured left wrist, Roberson will return to the Wildcats' lineup against No. 13 Texas on Saturday.

INDIANA: Indiana ranks 81st nationally in NCAA Division I passing offense, averaging 187 yards a game.

The Hoosiers (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) are not exactly great at defending the pass, either, ranking 71st with an average of nearly 230 yards allowed per game.

Second-year coach Gerry DiNardo says the opportunity is there for a quick fix of sorts.

"The good news is, we can work on both things at the same time," DiNardo said before the team took the practice field Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's game at 25th-ranked Michigan State (4-1, 1-0).

"We'll work on IU against IU, and not worry about our opponent as much, especially when the problems are similar on both sides of the football," DiNardo said.

In last week's 31-17 loss at Michigan, the Hoosiers gained just 107 yards through the air. The average gain on a pass play was 3.24 yards.

TENNESSEE: Reserve center Chuck Prugh was listed in critical condition Tuesday in intensive care with an unknown illness.

UT Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Bultman said his condition was critical but couldn't give any other details.

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