Saturday, September 8, 2012
Heat cramps Gators' style in Texas
By Michael DiRocco
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas heat is apparently much different from Florida heat.
UF's players struggled with cramps during Saturday's 20-17 victory. Eight players, mostly on defense, needed to be treated for cramps and helped off the field. That was despite the game-time temperature being 83 degrees, which was cooler than originally forcast.
"I'm not sure (why)," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "It's a drier heat here. I didn't know we would have issues with cramps."
Among the players who were affected was right tackle Chaz Green, who missed several series while he was receiving fluids via an IV.
Texas A&M fans were not happy with UF's defensive players getting treated for cramps because they thought the Gators were doing it only to slow down the Aggies' up-tempo offense. Among those who were treated on the field were linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. But UF's players said it was a legitimate issue.
"It wasn't humid," left guard James Wilson said. "Just a dry heat."