Florida’s Meyer: WR-RB Rainey will play against Dogs; K Sturgis out

Florida wide receiver/running back Chris Rainey will play Saturday against Georgia, Gators coach Urban Meyer said at a  news conference in Gainesville, Fla., tonight.

Rainey is likely to split his playing time 50-50 between slot receiver and running back, Meyer indicated.

Also tonight, Meyer said running back Jeff Demps, who has been bothered by a sprained foot for the past five weeks, is making progress and will play against Georgia. But Meyer said placekicker Caleb Sturgis will not play after aggravating a back injury.

Rainey has not played since his Sept. 14 arrest on a felony charge of aggravated stalking for allegedly texting his former girlfriend, “Time to Die [expletive].” The charge subsequently was reduced to misdemeanor stalking as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, and Rainey was reinstated to the Florida team on Oct. 11. He did not play in the Gators’ Oct. 16 loss to Mississippi State, but Meyer said last week that Rainey would be eligible to play against Georgia if he met the conditions of his reinstatement.

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really?

October 28th, 2010
7:48 pm

What a joke.

UGA Forester

October 28th, 2010
7:51 pm

Rainey is a joke, Demps is the one you got to worry about.
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Navydawg

October 28th, 2010
7:57 pm

This is such a joke….If I was a Florida fan, I’d be ashamed!!!

ryan

October 28th, 2010
7:58 pm

UGA needs come out swinging all the heat UGA got about there arrests its pay back time .

dawggirl

October 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

What a surprise. Not.

what a thug!

October 28th, 2010
8:04 pm

Meyer is so desperate he’s selling his morals for a better shot of a victory. I’m ashamed as an SEC fan. What a joke.

astrouga

October 28th, 2010
8:04 pm

This is hardly a surprise. Urban _has_ to beat UGA to save the season. Richt has to beat Florida to save our season…we just don’t have any more felons to put back on the team. You have to hand it to Richt for throwing out the trash earlier this season.

RomeDawg

October 28th, 2010
8:05 pm

I don’t give a rats behind who plays, if we play like we are capable of playing we will win. John Wooden never scouted his opposition, he simply worked on putting the best UCLA team possible out on the court with the mindset of just play UCLA basketball and we will win. He done alright with that strategy.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

October 28th, 2010
8:06 pm

Time to die, Lizards!

Bremen Dawg

October 28th, 2010
8:07 pm

I’m afraid it will become a joke that the star players will never get kicked off the team by a coach. Then the big bad NCAA will step in and it will be a mess. It will happen.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:07 pm

Really?…..

What Robin Willimas joke are you referring to?

Navydawg….

Rainey met the requirements of the University, the Florida coaches, and the Florida players (who know the real Rainey and you don’t) on the team. He plays…get over it and don’t cry about it if you lose on Saturday either. No one in Gaineville or in Gator Nations is ashamed….disappointed in what Rainey did….but not ashamed that he has worked hard to earn his way back on the team to once again play. Are you ashamed that Caleb King is playing this weekend? Maybe Richt should have suspended him for 3 games instead of 2 so he couldn’t play against the Gators?

UGA Forester…..

Rainey is NO joke! He IS very talented….although he hasn’t done very much at Florida, he is still capable of carrying or catching every ball he touches into the endzone from any place on the field. But he is also capable of fumbling every ball he touches or run the wrong route of run into the wrong cap on running plays. But…you are right…Demps is far more dangerous…but he is still only about 80% healthy….which is unfortunate for the Gators.

You all make fun of Tebow crying….but you are the biggest bunch of criers in the world!

Dawg Days

October 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

Well now, isn’t this a surprise?

Dawg Days

October 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

NOT!!!!!!!!!!

ryan

October 28th, 2010
8:09 pm

AJ got a lot heat for selling a jersey Rainy crime is ten times worst everyone who called Green a thug should apologize .

Paul Has A Small Johnson

October 28th, 2010
8:09 pm

It doesnt matter who plays

I have all the confidence in the world that our coaching staff will go down to Jacksonville with a

“Manage the game” Conservative play calling scheme for another beat down by FL

Bank on it, 2-8 we will be against FL under this staff

Happy!

October 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

Glad Urban did the right thing! Looking at the Whole FACTUAL situation and listening to the 911 call which first thing the sister said “it was not an emergency” Games suspended and other community involvement plus counseling — right call. I laugh at all these hypocrites that state what would Urban do if his daughter? I mean really What we they do if it was their son??? They’d be screaming for him to do community service and be put back on the team because My Johnny did not mean it and no physical violence… 21 years made big mistakes in the game of love and hopefully, he has learned a lesson. No win situation for Meyer or Richt in that matter because I believe Richt would have handled same way.

Thug U

October 28th, 2010
8:13 pm

Tim Tebow’s praying for you, Rainey.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

Happy!….exactly. So would have every other major college coach in the country. Rainey is no Jamar Hornsby. He had never been in trouble in his life before the emotionally stupid call he made…which his girlfriend has completely forgiven him for making. Georgia fans just want to cry and prepare themselves with excuses if they lose. If Florida loses, which they might, it will because Georgia was a better team on the field…and not because Caleb King played, or a ref made a ball call, or because the game was played in Jacksonville, or because of whatever….but that is exactly what you will be hearing if Georgia loses…and a lot worse….like…”Fire Richt, now!” Meyer is still one of the best coaches in the SEC…win or lose Saturday. And Florida is still one of the top 5 programs in the country…win or lose Saturday. Richt and Georgia are neither. Go Gators.

dawgs

October 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

Now is this were a gimme game for Florida, you can bet Meyer would have still been “punishing” Rainey….but since it’s Georgia, evidently Rainey has “learned his lesson”..

Lame

October 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

TampaGator was crying with timmy t-bags

SECWasteManagement

October 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

Hypothetical situation…A.J Green is the one who sends the text messages and not Rainey and Richt announces that he will play tonight. I would be going nuts with excitement! This is GA/FL people. It’s not clean…It’s nasty, relentless hatred for one another. Morals get tossed out the window for this one because both sides want to win so bad.

Nikki Meyer

October 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Daddy, meet my new bf…Chris Rainey.

SECWasteManagement

October 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

That being said, make the Gators bend over and grab the ankles! GO DAWGS.

jeff

October 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Urban…you are a complete and total loser…..and to think you have a wife and daughters…..you are a idiot…I am a gator fan, but this makes me sick. That Jeremy Foley lets you get away with leting that piece of >>>>>> play is enough for me….

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:21 pm

Thug….

I doubt you know what “morals” are! Does Richt not have any morals for recruiting a bunch of lawbreakers on his team? It has nothing to do with morals….it has everything to do with what is fair. And you probably don’t know the meaning of that term either.

Now…Good Night. I sure hope the Gators roll on Saturday so I can come back on here and read all the “bitching” from “DAWG FANS”….like most every year for the past 20 years.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:21 pm

Jeff…

Liar!!!

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:23 pm

Dawgs….

Same could be said for Richt and King this weekend! But neither have anything to do with your stated post. You guys just need a reason for losing….once again.

jeff

October 28th, 2010
8:24 pm

Tampa Gator….liar??? no…I am a grad of UF class of 98 but this is beyond football. I am ashamed of UF for allowing him back. Truth hurts…but wrong is wrong no matter what team you support

Zach

October 28th, 2010
8:25 pm

I’m a Dawg fan, but STOP MAKING FUN OF TEBOW CRYING!! He’s a nice guy and more of a man than any of you making fun of him. I think the take the lizards, because I just don’t think they overcome all the guys they lost to the NFL. Georgia 24 Florida 13.

Dawg Days

October 28th, 2010
8:25 pm

Tampa Gator – Time for you to die, Biotch….how would you feel if you got that, Biotch…

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:25 pm

Jeff…..

Then never admit you graduated from Florida again, please. We are ashamed of you!

BG

October 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

Is TampaGator a homo?????

Gator Hater

October 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

Aaron Murray is your worst nightmare you Gator scum. Be prepared for #11 to pick your defense apart and by your terms(work em silly!) I hate seeing that sign every year and I hope someone burns it this year after we dominate you. Go Dawgs and as always To Hell with Florida!

Zach

October 28th, 2010
8:28 pm

Sturgis being out could be HUGE. He can hit from beyond 50 yards, though he’s no Blair Walsh. He’s a much better kicker than Henry when it comes to field goals. For Georgia to win they have to be able to run the ball and don’t play too conservative. I have a feeling this will be like the 07 game, except lower scoring. By that I mean I expect both teams play a close game with UGA pulling it out in the 4th quarter.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:28 pm

BG…no….but you are certainly homophobic!

ryan

October 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

Tampa Gator now you know how feels when shoe is on the other foot .

Gator Paul

October 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

Jeff I agree with you. It is a sad state when our coach tosses his morals out the window to win a football game. Also surprised that Jeremy doesnt step in. This is an embarrassment to the Univ of Fla.
TampaGator- chill dude- I can tell you that you dont echo what most gators feel about this

82Dawg

October 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

@TampaGator …would you feel the same way “he met the requirements” if it was your sister or daughter he sent the text message to?

haaaaaa

October 28th, 2010
8:30 pm

Richt would’ve done the same thing…love all you hypocrites,,, Now, Jeff don’t believe you went to UF and Dawg Days if it was your son …you be all over it for him to be reinstated everyone would once they saw the facts.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:30 pm

Zach….

Stugis being out is a far more critical loss than Rainey playing as a gain for the Gators. A least there are a few intelligent Dawg posters on here.

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

82Dawg….yes….if she said it was not like him and she forgave him and I knew the real person Rainey is….and his girlfriend said those things….and Rainey has never been in trouble before in his life….and he is a good kid who made a terrible, emotional decision after a severe concussion that day. Like I said…get over it.

Supervisor

October 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

Urban, urban, urban……….

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

Ryan….

The difference….the Gator Nation has had one shoe this year.

The Dawg Nation has had a wide selections of shoes on both feet….

….and you are still crying about other programs like you guys are sqeaky clean…now…that is a joke.

82Dawg

October 28th, 2010
8:34 pm

I don’t have anything to get over… you are the one that is stroking out. Personally if it was my sister or daughter he would not be here to play

Jeff

October 28th, 2010
8:34 pm

haaaaaaa…really? dont beleive I went to UF….really? why does that matter if you beleive me or not? Yes, I did go to UF (unlike you probably) and I support my school, but this is beyond all that. Amazing that you cant see that. Forget schools and rivalry’s Think about that family or any family that would happen to. Geez

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:35 pm

My, My……I am going to pull for the Gators like I have never pulled for them in my life in Jacksonville this year. I am fired up! And I believe the Gators are focused and fired the hell up too. Nothing like a little Dawg meat to make a Gator healthy again! Go Gators! And out!!!

trupert

October 28th, 2010
8:36 pm

Meyer only cares about winning, nothing else matters. Glad we have CMR. Go Dawgs!!!

psychic

October 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

calling it right now, this is the beginning of urban’s downfall. he’s lost 3 straight and is so desperate for a victory he puts a guy back on the team that has proven to be violent towards women (and dont tell him he wasnt, violent words count too).

TampaGator

October 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

I have to reply to Jeff before I go….

If you were a Gator fan…you would know the situation with Rainey and be fine with the decision to play him…..therefore…no…no one in Gator Nation believes you are a Florida grad or Florida fan. Go back into you Georgia hole.

SoCal Dawg

October 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

TampaGator Two words- Zach Mettenberger