Time to Say Goodbye

On Saturday, the Florida Gators officially say goodbye to 14 seniors. The class will attempt to do something that hasn't been done in more than 20 years – win four straight against Florida State.

The class is 37-12 overall, but the record doesn't show last year's SEC Championship and National Title. They also posted a 23-2 record in The Swamp.

"There are certain ones you get close to," Urban Meyer said after Wednesday's practice. "Last year was an unbelievable one. I get awful close to these players and it can get emotional."

"Derrick Baldry, Moise Paul, Clint McMillan, Carlton Medder, Drew Miller and Andre Caldwell will all receive degrees in December.

"I didn't think I would still be here," wide receiver Andre Caldwell said. "I'm going to walk."

Haden still questionable

Cornerback Joe Haden is still questionable for Saturday's game. The true freshman suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

"He didn't do a lot, but he ran around a little bit," Meyer said. "It's only Wednesday, so we're still holding out hope."

Without Haden in the lineup, the Gators are even more susceptible on pass defense. Florida ranks dead last in the SEC allowing 254.5 yards per game. In addition to Wondy Pierre-Louis, Markihe Anderson and Jacques Rickerson are expected to step into Haden's role should he not be able to go. Meyer has also indicated that true freshman Moses Jenkins could see action.

Percy Harvin is still doing well after missing a week and a half of practice and the last two games. Both Michael and Maurkice Pouncey have bounced back this week from minor injuries and are expected to play. Defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh, however, is still questionable.

Future of the backfield

The future of the Gator backfield looks bright for the upcoming years. UF averages close to 200 yards a game on the ground, but most of those yards come from quarterback Tim Tebow or Harvin. But Meyer said true freshman Chris Rainey is recovering well from shoulder surgery, and Mon Williams is also doing well after knee surgery.

"He's practicing," Meyer said. "He's not in full contact, but he's doing good. Chris Rainey is doing well, too. He's had a good rehab. We're going to have some firepower out there."

USC transfer Emmanuel Moody also has caught Meyer's interest.

"He's very quick," Meyer said. "He's slashing. He's done a nice job since he got here. He had elbow surgery, so he hasn't done much since though."


  • The Gators have spent the last two days scheming for FSU freshman receiver Preston Parker. Said Meyer, "You have to have a matchup. When he motions out you have to make sure you have someone out there that can cover him.
  • The Gators will wrap up their Thanksgiving Day practice by noon, allowing players to go home to spend time with family and friends. A few players are staying in town and eating with Meyer or a member of the coaching staff. Said Meyer, "I think they'd rather go hang out with their boys a little bit. We do the same thing with Christmas and bowl games. I can't imagine not letting them go home to see their families."

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