Prep Work Done

All the competition for positions on the depth chart and all the preparations are complete. The Florida Gators wrapped up their final practice before the fourth season under head coach Urban Meyer kicks off on Saturday against Hawaii.

With the Gators huge favorites over a Hawaii team that played in last year's Sugar Bowl, Meyer isn't taking the Warriors lightly despite them losing their Heisman caliber quarterback and head coach and traveling across six time zones to get to Gainesville.

"We're playing a big time college football team that went 12-0 last season," Meyer said.

We know who the starting quarterback is, but Meyer has yet to announce if John Brantley of Cameron Newton will back up Tim Tebow.

"We haven't decided yet on the backup quarterback," Meyer said. "They both looked good and we're hoping to get both of them in the game. We're not sure yet."

With the final practice before the season opener behind the Gators, Meyer will focus on making sure everything is now set for Saturday's 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

"As a coach you just want to make sure all the ‘Ts" are crossed and the "Is" are dotted, special teams, warm-ups, and guys showing up on time, all that kind of stuff," Meyer said. "I know they're ready to go play a game. I'd love another week to get ready, but it's time to go."

Defensive tackles Matt Patchan and Omar Hunter will definitely play, and Meyer once again confirmed that both Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin will sit out Saturday's game. With Harvin sidelined, there are lots of weapons on the Gator offense ready to step up.

"Riley Cooper, Louis Murphy and Carl Moore has had a brilliant camp," Meyer said. "There are four running backs who were convinced will get in the game, and strong quarterback play, so we'll be okay."

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