Meyer Looks Forward

With a 2-0 start to his fourth season in Gainesville, Florida football coach Urban Meyer is looking ahead to the off week for the Gators to get healed up and work on some shortcomings followed by the start of the SEC season at Tennessee.

Meyer has to be pleased with his defense which has allowed just 191 yards a game and only one touchdown in the first two contests of 2008. Despite some issues offensively, Florida is averaging 41 points a game and has as decent balance of 172 yards on the ground and 204 through the air. The Gator head man talked about several issues on his weekly television show, "Florida Football" on Sun Sports Sunday morning.

The first thing the Gator coach did is pay tribute to the record crowd for its role in the game.

"What a great night. I just want to thank our fans again; you can never take them for granted. It was a great atmosphere and a really, really hard fought win."

Meyer said there's no mystery why the Gators pulled this one out.

"God Bless good defense and good special teams because without that none of it happens."

Meyer said this year's defense is already establishing an identity.

"One thing when you look at the blue shirts now they are flying to the ball. I keep making this comment; you stand out like a sore thumb if you don't go hard now. That's what Gator football is and that's what defense is. Then you have Jeffrey Demps block a punt and Brandon James on the punt returns. The big wins we've had around here -- it's usually great defense and great special teams. We had some struggles on offense, but they made the plays and didn't turn the ball over."

Meyer talked about the Gators facing two capable teams to start the season.

"It's always risky to play the kind of schedule we played pre (SEC) season. Miami is a very talented team, probably as talented as any team in the country. I hear people say you should blow ‘em out, but that's a very talented team. We opened up with a team that was 12-0 (regular season) the year before."

On the time off between now and Tennessee...

"I think the by week is perfect. It's a critical week. We'll come in Monday and then we'll have a great Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The development of our young players is critical. We'll get some rest and get our game plan in and then we start the SEC season. You look at our schedule and it's amazing sometimes to look at the people that we play, but that part's over and now it's time for the SEC."

Florida was supposed to beat these two teams, though Miami put up a tremendous battle. Florida has a lot of work to do to be the national contender many of us believe them to be. The old axiom is that teams make their most improvement form game one to game two. Here's on prediction THIS team makes its most improvement between game two and game three.

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