Meyer, Players Eager to Face Miami

Florida this week will face their in-state rivals from South Florida for the first time under coach Urban Meyer. While Meyer has attained a level of notoriety for refusing to refer to FSU as anything but the "school out west" while beating them three times, he's not previously had to deal with Miami.

Despite that, it's clear that both Meyer and his players need no prompting to understand the significance of Saturday's clash with the Canes.

Meyer referred to Miami during his Monday press conference as "the most talented team in college football, when you just watch speed and watch guys run, and watched the size and athleticism." While that might be stretching things a little bit, it's clear Meyer has great regard for the talent in South Florida. Recruiting there has been a priority of his since he arrived, and a decisive win in this game would give him a chance to push the Florida brand even more in that area.

Safety Ahmad Black was excited about the opportunity to take on Miami.

"It's gonna be a big game, a night game at The Swamp. College GameDay's here, and they're going to want to beat us as much as we want to beat them." said Black.

Quarterback Tim Tebow is eager to face Miami, saying "It's playing the U. I'm excited because I've never done it before. Eighty percent of the state will be here."

Tebow's fellow St. Augustine area junior Brandon James also looks forward to facing the Hurricanes.

"It's exciting to play another team in Florida" said the kick returning wizard. "We've got to prepare well and play hard."

The Hurricanes have taken the last six games in the series, and no active member of the Gator squad has seen a UF win in the series in their lifetime. Florida has a number of players from the South Florida area who will be playing prominent roles in the game against Miami, including safety Major Wright and offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert.


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