GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Chris Leak insisted
Monday he didn't play with a concussion against Georgia.
"I just got dinged. No more than that," said Leak, who had a
severe headache and blurred vision. "That's what happens through
the course of a football game. It really didn't affect my play at
all. I played through it and went through all my checks and all the
plays, and I felt pretty good."
After Saturday's 21-14 victory, Leak told coach Urban Meyer he
felt like he sustained a concussion in the first half. Leak told
team trainers only that he had a headache. He took medication but
didn't use the word "concussion" until after the game.
"I didn't have a concussion, but I didn't know," Leak said.
"When you get your bell rung in a game like that, you don't know
what to think of it. It was no more than a headache."
Meyer talked to Leak about the importance of making trainers and
coaches aware of symptoms during the game. When asked Monday
whether not having that information was disturbing, Meyer said,
"Very much so. We have to have those discussions on the
Leak was 8-of-16 for 117 yards in the first half and had a
40-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell. He was 6-of-12 for 46
yards with an interception in the second half. No. 7 Florida didn't
score on offense after building a 14-0 halftime lead.
Meyer said Leak had several missed calls after the hit and
burned three timeouts because of play-calling issues.
"You're going to take shots in the head as a quarterback,"
Leak said. "You just try to take it the best you can. You got to
tough it out. A bunch of guys have ankle injuries, shin problems,
calf problems, things like that. As a player, you got to tough it
out and play through it."
Leak said he had no lingering effects and practiced normally
Monday as the Gators (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) prepared
for Saturday's game at Vanderbilt.
"I'm perfectly fine," he said. "I'm ready to go."