Noles have Meyer's Attention

Accounting for more than 850 yards of total offense, Florida State freshmen receiver Preston Parker has added a new element to the Seminole offense, and it's caught the attention of Gator head coach Urban Meyer.

"They have the two big receivers and that Parker guy," Urban Meyer said after Tuesday's practice. "They just moved him to running back. He's a lot like Percy [Harvin] when we put him back there just to change the speeds. They do a good job. They have very good players and do a nice job on defense."

After losing two straight in October, the Noles have won three of their last four, including an upset win over then No. 2 ranked Boston College three weeks ago. The rivalry hasn't been very competitive in recent years, favoring the Gators, but Florida State is hoping to look more attractive to the bowl committees with a win over the Gators that would improve them to 8-4 rather than dropping to 7-5.

"I've been here two years now, but when I first got here, playing in the SEC and against them, it's a whole different animal down here," Meyer said. "The defense is really, really fast. And then when they put Parker in the backfield, they're really fast on offense, too."

Bobby Bowden will be coaching in his 32nd regular season matchup with the Gators, but Meyer doesn't see himself lasting that long.

"I can't see him or Joe Paterno happening again," Meyer said. "Those days are done."

Tebow on watch

Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes made a bold prediction on Monday when he said that Gator quarterback "Tim Tebow's going down" on Saturday. Tebow, who has already had to deal with harassing phone calls from LSU fans this season, is up for the challenge.

"I'm sure they'll tackle me," Tebow said. "Things just get heated up and excited about the game. It's fine. We use it as motivation."

Tebow said he welcomes the challenge, but Meyer is not so fast to start posting Hayes's quotes on the bulletin board.

"I don't know how big a bulletin board guy that I am," Meyer said. "I'll probably discuss that I saw it. I've had a bunch of people throwing at me. We didn't have a very good practice, so maybe later in the week we'll talk about that stuff."

Secondary questions

Freshman corner Joe Haden is still questionable for Saturday's game after suffering a high ankle sprain against Florida Atlantic. Meyer said Markihe Anderson, Moses Jenkins and Jacques Rickerson are the options behind Haden.

"[Rickerson] did a nice job today," Meyer said. "He's up for the challenge. If he weren't, we wouldn't put him out there."

Meyer noted that defensive tackle Michael Pouncey practiced on Tuesday. Pouncey is dealing with a hyper-extended knee.


  • Meyer said there has been no need for him to verbally promote Tebow's case for the Heisman Trophy. Said Meyer, "The way we promote him is by letting him play. We're at Florida, and I don't think that's necessary."
  • Meyer said much of Florida's pass defense concerns can be attributed to their cover two defense. Said Meyer, "We were giving up the creases. We had a great walk through on Monday and when you see guys hitting the seams, it's because we're not covering the verticals so we spent a lot of time on that."
  • Brandon James, who was suspended for Saturday's game, will play on Saturday according to Meyer.

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