Gators Motivated by East Race

There are not too many teams across the nation that have three loses in their conference and still find themselves within striking distance of winning the league. But this year has been a crazy year for the SEC East, and it's keeping the three-loss Florida Gators motivated as they head into November.

"We have our Homecoming game and a chance to get back in this SEC race," Urban Meyer said after Tuesday's practice. "It's hard to imagine with three losses that we can be, but I know a lot of guys that know they still have a chance to take care of some business this year."

One of those guys is Louis Murphy who has been on the receiving end of some long touchdown passes from Tim Tebow in the last two games. Meyer and the Gators have been looking for a receiver to help out Andre Caldwell and Percy Harvin and Murphy appears to be that man.

"Murphy's been really good all year," Meyer said. "I'm just glad that he's getting more involved. It's hard to say with the outside receivers because coverage so often dictates where the ball is going to go, but I know Tim has a lot of confidence in Murph."

Murphy is not the only one getting more involved. Jarred Fayson's name has been mentioned a lot since August but he had yet to make that big jump until this past Saturday against Georgia. Fayson had three catches for 62 yards.

"It was nice to see Jarred make some plays instead of trying to make plays," Meyer said. "He's earned the playing time and made some excellent plays in that game against Georgia."

Fayson's progress in the offense couldn't come at a better time since Riley Cooper is still out with a broken finger. Cooper ran around at practice, but is still not catching passes. The same holds true for Major Wright who has a broken thumb. Wright ran around on Tuesday, but did not tackle.

And one other receiver is moving his way up the depth chart. Justin Williams made two special teams' tackles against the Bulldogs, which is a prerequisite for getting more involved with the offense.

"There's a chance he'll get in the mix at receiver real soon," Meyer said. "That's something you have to do before you get involved on offense is make a play on special teams. He made a few tackles on Saturday and he's getting a lot better. He's one of the most improved guys right now."


  • To help with the banged up defensive line, freshman offensive guard Mike Pouncey practiced a bit with the defense on Tuesday. Said Meyer, "There's Lawrence Marsh, Torrey Davis and Clint McMillan. Lutrell Alford is trying, but he's still got that ankle. It's a mash unit right now."
  • According to Meyer, Tebow's shoulder is improving. Said Meyer, "He's non-contact, but he's a lot better than he was a week ago."
  • Chevon Walker was left off the travel roster against Georgia this past weekend. Said Meyer, "He just has some personal issues to take care of right now. As of right now, he's still with the team."

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