No. 3 Florida expects to have 5 starters back


No. 3 Florida expects to have 5 starters back

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 3 Florida should have five starters back for its biggest game of the season.

Coach Will Muschamp said Monday he expects linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive end Dominique Easley, center Jon Harrison, guard James Wilson and left tackle Xavier Nixon to play against No. 9 South Carolina on Saturday.

They missed all or part of Saturday's 31-17 win at Vanderbilt.

``We're hopeful to have all those guys back,'' Muschamp said. ``They're all definitely going to be fine or probable at the worst.''

Jenkins injured a hamstring against LSU on Oct. 6, and Easley has missed two games this season with a left knee injury. The Gators certainly could use them to help slow down South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.

Harrison, Wilson and Nixon could be equally important to Florida's success Saturday.

Harrison (arm) and Nixon (upper body) left Saturday's game. Wilson didn't even make the trip after injuring his eye in practice.

Even without the three starting offensive linemen, the Gators finished with 326 yards rushing against the Commodores. Guard Ian Silberman, center Sam Robey and freshman D.J. Humphries played well off the bench, opening holes for running back Mike Gillislee and quarterback Jeff Driskel.

``I don't think there's a drop-off,'' defensive tackle Omar Hunter said. ``Those guys come out each and every day at practice and they go just as hard as our No. 1 starters.''

Driskel ran for a career-high 177 yards and three touchdowns at Vanderbilt, the most rushing yards by a quarterback in school history.

``Whenever you have three starters go down, that's huge, especially three O-linemen,'' Driskel said. ``But we had three guys who stepped up. That's what we've been doing all year long. When a guy goes down, the next guy is going to have go up. We have great depth, and that really helped out. ... They were ready to play. That's what you're going to have to do as a backup. They got their chance and they shined.''

Also Monday, Muschamp said receiver Latroy Pittman is questionable with an ankle injury. Offensive tackle Matt Patchan (pectoral) and cornerback Cody Riggs (foot) won't play against the Gamecocks.

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”