"Matt Patchan, he's playing," Meyer said. "I don't know if he'll be a three technique, a five technique, a defensive end or an offensive linemen, but Matt's going to play. To do the things that he's doing and has not had an offseason because he's been hurt, I'm really impressed with him."
Patchan's not the only one who has caught Meyer's attention this week. Tailback Emmanuel Moody has been criticized by Meyer for not fully knowing the offense among other things, but the USC transfer had a good day on Friday.
"Emmanuel Moody had a good day today," Meyer said. "He didn't have a great day running the ball, but in pass protection he stuck his nose out there."
Meyer also pointed out that both Cameron Newton and John Brantley will be good players in the future.
Wilson staying in Gainesville
Offensive guard James Wilson said after Friday's practice that he's definitely staying in Gainesville. Wilson, from St. Augustine High School, had considered transferring to Wake Forest after sitting out all of last season with bad knees. He's been more active this spring and said he feels like he's more of a part of the team.
"I haven't asked," Meyer said. "I've just been letting him go. If you have good kids in your program then things usually work out, and we have good kids in our program. With the Phil Trautweins of the world and the Duke Lemmens and Justin Trattous, some of those young guys really helped him out."
Wilson said he will participate in next week's Orange and Blue Game and expects to play on the second team offensive line.
Sort of on schedule
With one week and four practices before the spring game, Meyer said the Gators need to have a good scrimmage on Saturday to stay on track.
"Wednesday we were on schedule, but we took a step back today, and I knew we would," Meyer said. "I gave them a day off yesterday because Wednesday was one of the hardest practices we've ever had. I think Wednesday was one of the best practices we've had and we had to have it. If we come out and lay an egg tomorrow, then I'll be concerned. I don't think we will, and I challenged them. Tomorrow we have to have a good scrimmage. I don't care who wins or losses, I just want to see some fight and I didn't see that today."
Corners are alright
Both Meyer and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong agree that the cornerbacks may be the most improved unit on the team. The group took the bulk of the criticism for last year's mediocre defense, although Meyer said he didn't put the blame on them.
"It gets very easy to start blaming corners," he said. "Sometimes people do that, but I don't blame the corners. My job is to come up with a solution and to just sit there and blame corners, that's not acceptable, so we didn't do that. I think our corners are our most improved area. Is it because of something? Yeah, they were all freshmen. Now they are sophomores with game experience."
Meyer passed some of the cornerback issues on the defensive line.
"I think our pass rush was very inadequate and as a result we gave up far too many plays down field," he said. "I'd have to say the back end has improved more than the front end."
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