Gators Prepare for Bulldogs

There are only a few games left during the college football regular season that are played at neutral sites. The Florida/Georgia matchup played in Jacksonville is obviously one of those games, and one that Gator head coach Urban Meyer said every college football fan needs to see.

"This is one of my favorite games to coach in," Urban Meyer said after Tuesday's practice. "It's awesome. I tell people one of the things you can't miss if you love college football is you have to come and see this game. If you are a college football fan, you have to come watch the Florida/Georgia game."

With the stadium split right down the middle between Georgia's red and black and Florida's orange and blue, it presents a unique setting for a game, but Meyer wouldn't put the atmosphere ahead of playing in The Swamp.

"It's different," Meyer said. "I can't say it's better."

Former Gators and current Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson and running back Fred Taylor have their orange and blue hanging from their lockers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

"It's a great rivalry, and I'm sure there are many more Gators across the country," Meyer said. "The NFL locker rooms I hear from quite often."

Injuries a Concern

Injuries may be a concern heading into Saturday's matchup. Both wide receiver Riley Cooper (broken finger) and safety Major Wright (broken thumb) underwent surgery to repair their injuries, but did not practice on Tuesday.

"They actually had it today, so they went to our meetings today and then I let them go home," Meyer said. "Both of their surgeries went very well. I guess I'm an optimist and think we'll see them later this week."

Andre Caldwell wasn't at full strength during Tuesday's practice after having his best performance since going out in week two with a knee injury. Against Kentucky on Saturday, Caldwell caught six passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also carried two times for 19 yards.

"He actually had a sore back today, so we didn't practice him as much," Meyer said. "He's getting close to back the way he was. I still don't think he's there yet. He says he's close."

Brandon Antwine missed Saturday's game with the Wildcats and it doesn't appear he'll be back anytime soon.

"He's been in the hospital for a little bit," Meyer said. "It's a lower muscle, lower back. I think he's getting out today. It's been a painful week for him. It's a muscular issue that is just very painful. It's not structural."

Notes

  • Meyer said it was another good day at practice. Said Meyer, "I kind of like the direction this team is going in right now."
  • Meyer said that Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford has a lot of similarities to Wildcats' quarterback Andre Woodson. Said Meyer, "I think Stafford has one of the strongest arms I've ever seen. But I also think that Woodson is one of the best anticipation quarterbacks I've ever seen. They are cut out of the same mold - not very good runners, but very good in the pocket. They have very strong, accurate arms."

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