Gators Move on After Big Weekend

The No. 4 ranked Gators picked up a good win on the road against Tennessee over the weekend, but for Urban Meyer, it's time to move on. Tuesdays are known as the hardest practices of the week and a reality check for the team.

In his post-game press conference on Saturday, Meyer said the best thing to do after a win against Tennessee was to follow it up with a very difficult week of practice. And that's exactly what Meyer and the staff did today.

"It was a hard one," Meyer said after the two-hour practice. "It wasn't real crisp but effort was good. … The win is over. It's time to move on. They felt real good about that win and they should. That's twice in a row going up there. That's 214,000 people that have watched us play in Knoxville."

Both Ryan Stamper and Jermaine Cunningham did not practice today, and Meyer said he'll know more about both of them tomorrow. He said they're probable for the weekend's matchup with Ole Miss. For Cunningham, Meyer said there's no major damage to his sore knee.

"It's a hyper-extended knee," he said. "We had the MRI and there's no cartilage damage, no ligament damage. It happened early in the game when he tried to tackle one of those backs in the open field. I think he's going to play."

On defense, the Gators spent a lot of time on Tuesday working on defending the Ole Miss single wing formation – Wild Rebel. It's a similar formation that Houston Nutt ran at Arkansas and has now brought down the road with him to Oxford.

"We saw the NFL do that," Meyer said. "A lot of people are doing that. He did it at Arkansas. It's single wing football. We do some of that, too. … We spent a lot of time today on that. It's hard. The New England Patriots had a hard time against it this weekend. People have had problems against us."

The Gators will also have to defend against the arm of Jevan Snead. Snead transferred to Ole Miss after a stint with Texas and will likely be the best quarterback the Gators have faced so far this season.

"He's got a great arm," Meyer said. "We knew that because we were recruiting him when I was at Utah. He's got a rocket for an arm with a very quick release. He's not real mobile, but he can move around. A lot like John Brantley. They have a quick release."

Helping to defend might be a new cornerback. Janoris Jenkins is working with the first team corners and Meyer said he'll make a decision at the end of the week as to who starts in the Gator secondary on Saturday.

"Every scrimmage I remember him being in there, he just makes plays on the ball," Meyer said of Jenkins. "He's a very talented guy. There are still times that he's very immature, but he has very good ball skills. He could play receiver for us, too. He's very good with the ball in his hands."

The Gators are also spending the week trying to improve on offense. Although they were efficient against the Vols, the offense was not nearly as dangerous as it was a year ago.

"We have to get a lot better on offense, but there are a lot of positives," Meyer said. "Our offensive line is playing well. We had a good, physical day today. Having Percy [Harvin] back fulltime is a bonus and Jim Tartt, so we're starting to see it come back a little bit."

In the fourth quarter, the Gators still had Tim Tebow under center even when the game was wrapped up and the offense was just running out the clock. Meyer said he wishes he had replaced Tebow with Brantley.

"In hindsight, probably," he said. "I don't think very well in situations like that during a game. I want to get the win and get the hell out of there. I probably should have."


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