Meyer Cautious Facing Former Assistant

The last thing the struggling Florida offense needs is playing a team coached by their former offensive coordinator. The Florida coaches are making sure to take all precautions necessary when Dan Mullen leads Mississippi State into The Swamp on Saturday.

"We're cautious because of signals and names of things, including special teams," Florida head coach Urban Meyer said. "We've got to be cautious."

Bulldogs quarterback Chris Relf has full attention of the Florida defense. He is what makes their spread option offense work. He is just as dangerous throwing the football as he is running with it.

"The quarterback run stuff (makes them tough)," Meyer said. "He's a real good runner and an option threat."

The Gators concluded a good week of practice on Thursday, but their head coach knows there is still a long way to go.

"We're not real good right now in certain areas, and we're just getting better at it," Meyer said.

INJURY REPORT: Running back Jeff Demps is "50-50" after being listed as probable Wednesday. Mike Gillislee was limited in practice all week, but Meyer listed him as "60-40 to play." Mack Brown has experienced a good week of practice, but he gets confused remembering plays. He could still see the field this week.

Deonte Thompson and Matt Elam both had concussions against LSU, but each practiced fully and will play Saturday. Dee Finley has a fractured collarbone and will be out a few weeks. Jon Halapio, who Meyer called "one tough Polynesian," had surgery on his finger Monday, but he is expected to play.

John Brantley was full speed all week.

Offensive lineman Matt Patchan and cornerback Moses Jenkins could both be back for the Georgia game.

Chris Dunkley's hamstring is 80 percent healthy, and Quinton Dunbar is also dealing with an injured hamstring. Meyer believes both "are going to be good players." Redshirting is possible, but it isn't something they will think about for a long time.

"We don't like the redshirt guys around here," Meyer said. "We don't ever think that way. If he doesn't play because he isn't ready, then he's got an extra year. We don't think that way, but we'll make the decision with him and his family if they want to talk about it."

The injury picture continues to frustrate Meyer, but the team knows they can only work hard to prepare backups to play.

"We're real hamstrung right now," Meyer said. "We've got to get these guys healthy and go with it."

DEBOSE'S EMERGENCE: Andre Debose's kickoff return for a touchdown last weekend should earn him more playing time on offense this weekend. It wouldn't be possible without completely changing his body since coming to campus before last season.

"He's much bigger, stronger," Meyer said. "I can't tell you numbers, but he's a whole different player now.

"He's got more strength, but you see him pull through. He's a talented guy."

GETTING HINES INVOLVED: Omarius Hines looked like a main component of the offense early in the season. Since then, he has been used only on fake punts and reverses. The coaches know what he can do, but they need him to be a more consistent player on the practice field.

"We've got to get him more involved," Meyer said. "He's got the potential to bust one, as you saw on the fake punt and the two reverses. He's got to be more consistent."

It could be about finding a different way to get Hines involved in the Florida offense. The reverses show off his ability with the ball in his hands, and it could be a simple handoff that makes him key to this offense again.

"He's a dynamic runner, we're finding, too," Meyer said. "He's struggled a little bit getting open. Every time you give him the ball, he's pretty dynamic with it."
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