"A lot of it is that little Rainey kid squirting out of there," Meyer said. "He's a lot like Percy Harvin who can turn an 8-yard gain into a 60-yard gain like he did against FSU. That's some great speed and Rainey gives you some of that, Kestahn Moore, Brandon James those are three guys that have busted some runs already."
Meyer has been quite vocal about the backfield in his first two season with the Gators with most of his opinions being negative in nature. But he's had nothing but good things to say just one week into year number three.
"I probably shouldn't have done that," Meyer said about his past comments directed at the running backs. "I just get so upset with effort. If you struggle as a player, but give great effort, I'm okay with that. If you struggle because you give a lack of effort, and you have a bunch of people around you working real hard, it makes you kind of sick to your stomach. My first year at Florida, I was real sick to my stomach. Now they're working hard. I don't know how good they are, but they work hard."
Meyer has already said that safety Major Wright and defensive end Justin Trattou will play as true freshmen, but he's added Rainey to the list after his effort during the last two practices. And speaking of Wright, he became the first newcomer to lose his black stripe after the hit he laid on Rainey at the end of yesterday's workout.
"We went ahead and broke tradition," Meyer said. "That was unbelievable that hit. When I saw that, I had to show the team and take it off right there. That was as good as I saw."
Fall camp doesn't officially start until Friday, so it's a bit soon for newcomers to be losing their stripes, but Meyer made the exception anyway. As for Rainey, he looked good the day after the hit.
Yesterday could best be described as pitiful at times for the Gator centers. Both Drew Miller and Jim Barrie struggled to get the ball to the quarterback. Miller moved to center from guard in the offseason and had some growing pains during the spring, but has looked solid until now. He had some problems again on Thursday.
"The job description of a center is to put it in between the numbers," Meyer said. "I'm fairly confident that we'll get that worked out. That's not uncommon this time of year. In a week from now, if we still have some problems than I'll look at other things."
"He's (Medder) one of the top-five," Meyer said. "The most improved lineman we have right now is Jason Watkins. Obviously, if Jason Watkins plays, then Carlton Medder is going to play inside. We'll make that decision soon, probably in about a week."