Meyer Talks About Very Successful Seniors

The Florida Gators will honor the senior class Saturday and Urban Meyer wants his team to send his seniors out in style at the conclusion of this season. After a really tough loss last weekend to South Carolina, the Gators will try and bounce back against Appalachian State for the their last home game of the season. The team still has some injuries to deal with, but he expects them to be ready.

There is a lot of worry about how this team will respond, and Urban Meyer has been all over his guys to play hard and understand what this senior class along with the guys who left early last year are capable of doing.

"I asked them to stick together and send these seniors out winners, I asked (UF SID Steve McClain) to put together some statistics on these seniors and it's phenomenal. They are good guys"

Meyer made it a point to emphasize five players in the current senior class that skipped their senior year for the NFL. Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Hernandez, Major Wright, Joe Haden, and Carlos Dunlap are now doing very well in the NFL.

"You take the five guys out of that class, and it's a hell of a class we had. That is how you evaluate recruiting, whatever was done. I think those five guys are all starting (for their NFL teams) too.

"Two of them are up for rookie of the year. Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Hernandez, that tells you how dominant that recruiting class was. We just need to win. They can finish one of the winningest classes in Florida football history."

Meyer was asked specifically about center Michael Pouncey and what he has meant to the program.

"I love the term Gator Great, because that is really descriptive," Meyer said. "He will certainly go down in that trophy room as one of the greatest players to play here…part of the national championship, a leader, and tough. He moved positions, and he is one of my favorites of all time. It's because of his passion and love for the game and his love for the university, he loves Florida.

The Gators got out of sorts against South Carolina and two three-and-outs to start the game took them out of their game plan early. They wanted to utilize all three quarterbacks in the game from the outset, but it was something that really didn't materialize until Jordan Reed was inserted late in the game and helped lead Florida to its only touchdown on offense. Reed, John Brantley, and Trey Burton should see the ball in the game a fair amount.

Meyer was asked if the three have been practicing the position all week.

"A lot…yes," Meyer answered. "A lot of (how they will be used) is based on flow and how we are moving the ball, but we script a few series and we (will) get those guys in the game."

Injuries are still a concern for this team and of utmost importance is the health and playing time of junior running back Jeff Demps. Demps has a foot injury that keept him out of action a lot, but is not at risk of being hurt worse. Meyer was asked if he might play Saturday.

"We are going to do everything we can to win this football game. This is a good team, a national championship caliber team in 1-AA. That coach is a good friend of mine and they are coming in here to win this thing. A lot of it we don't know because it is a stress reaction to his foot. He doesn't practice much and usually on game day we can tell more. He is out there but not practicing, he hasn't practiced in 6-7 weeks. He goes through the motions because he's a tough kid and holds on to the ball. Jeff Demps is one of those guys that goes 40 yards every time he touches the ball…devastating."

Meyer talked about other injuries as well.

"A.J. Jones will probably not play, (hamstring)," Meyer said. "Bostic is practicing but is bruised. Jaye Howard will go, he is limited, but will play.

James Wilson (sore knee) is out according to Meyer.

"(Dee Finley), they say he will play next week," he said. "He's close but not strong enough in that shoulder yet. Mike Gillislee, he's been dinged up, I'd say he was pretty close to 100% last week and he's 100% now.

Some have lingering doubt that Urban Meyer won't be back next season to coach the Gators and when asked again if he will be, Meyer was adamant.

"100%, absolutely," he said.
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