Meyer Looking to Work out the Kinks

Urban Meyer has always maintained that he wants his players peaking at the end of the week, not in the middle. He's hoping that holds true after a slightly disappointing practice on Wednesday.

The Florida Gators are preparing to renew their rivalry with Miami on Saturday night at The Swamp. Meyer needs his players to be sharp and ready to go come Saturday night, but they'll need to improve a bit based on their head coach's comments.

"We were not as sharp as yesterday," Meyer said after Wednesday's workout. "We just have to get it clean and finish with a good one tomorrow. It was back-to-back hot days."

As game day draws closer, Meyer said he isn't too concerned with his players losing their focus. Florida, despite a young roster, is used to playing big games, and even their younger players are used to playing big games back in high school as well.

"We've had some hard practices," he said. "I get a bit concerned on Friday when the people start showing up, but to get up here and grind and deal with the heat and practices, it's not easy."

There are only two major concerns for Saturday and both are on the offensive line. Jim Tartt continues to deal with a sore shoulder, the same shoulder that's been operated on three times. Maurice Hurt will be unavailable for Saturday, while Tartt's status is still up in the air.

"He'll be available to play," Meyer said. "I don't know how much, but he'll be ready. Obviously, the more time we give him with the bye week coming up is better, but he'll be available."

Both linebacker Brandon Spikes and wide receiver/running back Percy Harvin should be good to go for Saturday.

"Percy was limping around a little bit," Meyer said. "He went. Brandon looked fine. I have to check with the trainer, but he looked fine."

"He had a full day of practice yesterday," wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales said. "He came up to me this morning and said that was a ‘Bloody Tuesday.' Today the guys were flying around, and it was good to see him out there. He looks full speed. He's getting treatment every morning, afternoon and evening. Mentally, he looks sharp."

When it comes to deciding when a player returns to the playing field, Meyer said it's mostly up to the coaching staff. But they will discuss it with some of the veteran players.

"A guy like Jim Tartt you have man-to-man discussions with him because he's a fifth year senior and a grown man," Meyer said. "You maybe have more frank discussions with a guy like that instead of a younger guy."

Marcus Gilbert will start in Tartt's place should he not be able to go.

"He's [Gilbert] one of those stories," Meyer said. "He's a Carlton Medder. Coach Adazzio has done great with those guys. He played great on Saturday. He didn't grade a champion, but was very close. He was non-functional last year."

Meyer also said that Matt Patchan, whose father and uncle played for the Hurricanes, is ready to go for Saturday and that Emmanuel Moody who was limited with a sprained ankle against Hawaii should see more action.


  • Meyer is high on last week's player of the game Michael Pouncey. Said Meyer, "Mike is on of our most improved players."

  • Even though he didn't put up Tebow-like numbers, Meyer was still pleased with his play on Saturday. Said Meyer, "He did fine. It wasn't typical Tim Tebow. He didn't have seven, six, five touchdowns, so that was a question mark. I thought he managed the game very well. He was a leader and did very well."

  • When Kestahn Moore graduates from the University of Florida, he might not be one of the most decorated Gators, but he's earned the respect of his coach. Said Meyer, "One of my favorite people, probably not a great one in people's minds. He does a lot for our program. I'm hoping for him to have a great year this year."

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