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Silent star's day includes historic TDs

By ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. - He's still giving everyone the silent treatment, but DeShawn Wynn let his play do the talking Saturday against Kentucky.

The junior running back became the first Gator to score four touchdowns in two different games.

He also had four against Florida A&M in 2003.

Wynn, who did not play in the season opener, has 266 all-purpose yards after gaining 40 rushing and 31 receiving in his only half of action. And he took over the SEC scoring lead at 14 points per game. LSU tailback Joseph Addai averages 12.

As he has all season, Wynn declined to talk to the media, but his teammates had lots to say about him.

"I'm not sure why he's not talking, but DeShawn really is a great guy off the field," linebacker Earl Everett said. "He played great."

MURPHY'S DEBUT: Former Lakewood High star Louis Murphy and fellow freshman receiver Nyan Boateng made their debuts. Murphy had one pass thrown his way late but couldn't quite make the catch.

LEARNING BY EXAMPLE: If you were wondering why backup quarterback Josh Portis was sent away from the sideline and back onto the field after he fumbled during the fourth quarter, it was to teach a lesson, Florida coach Urban Meyer said.

"He's got some youth in him, and youth means when you make a mistake, you drop your head and walk and people feel sorry for you. But that's not okay. It's college football," Meyer said.

"So when he dropped his head and walked off - we had warned him about that many times - he had to go back out there and jog off."

JUST IN TIME: Talk about strange timing. Or perfect timing, depending on the point of view. Kentucky's Andre Woodson set a school record for consecutive passes without an interception (153). But on his next pass, Woodson was intercepted by Everett.

Woodson surpassed the previous record of 152 set by Jared Lorenzen in 2002. During the streak, he was 94-of-153 for 1,054 yards and six touchdowns.

STILL SEARCHING, HOPEFUL: While the weather continues to wreak havoc on Louisiana, Florida officials are still searching for hotel accommodations for the Oct.15 LSU game in Baton Rouge.

Last week, the Holiday Inn in Gonzales, La., informed Florida it will not be able to honor the contract for about 125 rooms. Evacuees and emergency workers helping in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita are residing at the hotel, which is about 20 miles outside of Baton Rouge.

If Florida can't secure hotel rooms, it might have to fly into Baton Rouge several hours before the game, as Tennessee is doing Monday. "Our goal is to find hotel rooms," said Greg McGarity, Florida director of athletics for internal affairs. "There's a good chance we won't fly in on Saturday. We'll keep looking."

Instead of searching for about 125 rooms the university normally secures for road games, the school hopes to find about 40, which would take care of the players. Other staff would travel Saturday.

KICKING WOES: The Gators' kicking game continues to be a concern. Eric Wilbur's first-quarter punt was blocked, leading to Kentucky's first touchdown.

"We've got a bunch of issues in the kicking game," Meyer said. "We can't seem to put the ball where we need it. That's something we're going to keep working on, obviously."

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