First Scrimmage Pleases Meyer

The Gator football team hit the practice field early Tuesday for the first scrimmage of the fall. The session was a pleasing one to Florida coach Urban Meyer who singled out newly moved safety Justin Williams and receiver Brandon James as guys who had excellent outings.

UM: "It was a very good scrimmage. I was looking for some guys to make some guys so I'll give you a couple of guys who I think are doing well. Justin Williams went out and intercepted two balls today at safety. Good things happen to good people and he's a good person. I think our defense played very well running around the ball and really kind of controlling things for a while. We didn't play Tim (Tebow) a whole lot. We let the young quarterbacks run the show, but we did so a situational "two minute" at the end and Tim did very well."

LV: What did you see out of Cameron Newton and John Brantley?

UM: "They're sporadic but very good players. Cameron is a guy who played for us last year, and we actually had him be live in our red zone today so we can take some of the burden off No. 15 (Tebow)."

LV: Do you have the two of them in order now?

UM: "No, not yet. We won't have that until the first one jogs on, that means he's the back up."

MG: Did you see anything encouraging from the defensive tackle spots?

UM: "Yeah, Lawrence Marsh. I have a history of saying good things about someone and then they turn around and do not quite (as many) good things. The good thing about Marsh is that he's shown signs before, but this the 12th practice or something like that and he's been fairly consistent. That's a sign of a good player. A guy who shows up and then takes four days off and then comes back, that's a sign of a guy with talent who's not a good player. I thought Brandon James did very well today at the receiver position. I'm very proud of him with his approach to life with his approach to being a professional. These kids are professionals. This is what they do for a living. They go to school and play football those are their jobs."

LV: Are the running backs showing anything?

UM: "Chris Rainey is full speed and had a couple of real nice runs. Jeff Demps is doing well. (Emmanuel) Moody is battling a thigh contusion but he showed his toughness and went a little bit today. And Mon did okay. That position's going hard right now."

On the injury front Meyer said freshman center Sam Robey suffered a dislocated kneecap and will be out several weeks. He also said Jermaine Cunningham, Jason Watkins and Will Hill all returned to practice and that freshmen linemen Matt Patchan and Omar Hunter were getting close to being able to go full contact.

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