Meyer Praises Seniors

Urban Meyer has always put an emphasis on senior leadership, and his teams that have been successful have always had that element. This year's Gator team may not have a lot of seniors, but their quality of leadership is there.

Florida has 13 seniors on their roster this season, and Meyer was proud to say after Tuesday's workout that all of them have either graduated or are on track or graduate.

"The national championship year and every good team that I've been around has a couple of common denominators," he said. "You talk about chemistry and talent, but also leadership and our senior class. We have 13 seniors in this class and four are in grad school and the others are on pace to graduate with most of them in December. That tells you a little bit about our seniors."

Meyer said the seniors bring more than just leadership to the team. They also bring proven commitment to the program.

"It's people invested in the University of Florida, and we have 13-of-13 that are going to graduate," Meyer said.

Brantley dealing with infection

A staph infection has made its way into the Gator locker room, and the most recent victim is quarterback John Brantley.

"I think it's under control and I think he'll practice tomorrow," Meyer said. "That's what I'm being told."

Carl Moore also had the infection recently. Meyer said it's not so much the infection that affects the players, but the medicine to control it.

"We had a little during camp," Meyer said. "Our guys were a little paranoid about it so they did everything they could to keep it out."

Spikes' status

Meyer was a little disappointed with the status of Brandon Spikes after hurting his right ankle the other day in practice. The junior linebacker will be a game day decision for Saturday's season opener against Hawaii.

Percy Harvin took part in the 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday. Meyer is still unsure of his status for the weekend, but noted that they don't play anyone unless they are completely ready to play. He also noted that he did not expect Harvin's recovery from foot surgery in the spring to take this long.

Back-up offensive lineman Corey Hobbs missed practice with a sore neck. Meyer said the injury is not serious.

Mon Williams is also battling through a sprained ankle. The sophomore running back has been plagued with injuries and missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

"Mon can't get off the injury list," Meyer said. "He's not that far behind. It's just the other guys have been more consistent. The homerun threat with Emmanuel Moody, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey is pretty high."

Notes

  • Meyer is encouraging fans to wear white on Saturday. The gesture is a partnership with the University of Florida and Shands to fight cancer.

  • Meyer was pleased with the efforts of both the offensive and defensive lines, singling out Jason Watkins, Phil Trautwein and Matt Patchan. Patchan is up to 270-pounds.

  • Lawrence Marsh will be the starting nose tackle for the Gators on Saturday. Said Meyer, "It's been a long road. I usually pump guys up too much and then they break our heart. He's been real good. If I can get him to shave, he'll be much better. He's had a good camp."

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