Gators Ready for Ole Miss

According to Florida head coach Urban Meyer, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham will play on Saturday against Ole Miss. The junior suffered a knee injury in the first half against Tennessee and sat out practices earlier in the week.

"Jermaine practiced full today," Meyer said. "He looked good. That was great news. He's a tough guy. Jermaine is for sure."

On the other hand, linebacker Ryan Stamper's status is unknown and Meyer lists him as a game time decision.

"Stamps a little gimpy," Meyer said. "It's a game time decision, but I'd put Ryan as probable."

The Cunningham news came as good news for Meyer as his biggest concern heading into their matchup with Ole Miss this weekend is the Rebel offense. Ole Miss is averaging more than 400 yards of offense and 30 points a game this season.

"They're a more dangerous team than what we played last week," Meyer said. "They're faster. [Mike Wallace] kind of fried our tail last year, and he ran one back 100 yards against Vanderbilt. I worry about their speed. I worry about the kid that throws it. It's a significant challenge. I think our offense is going to have to get going."

With first year coach Houston Nutt walking the sidelines for Ole Miss, the Gators have limited film on his system in Oxford, but they have plenty from his days at Arkansas.

"The previous staff you heard they were good recruiters and that's a true statement," Meyer said. "The more you get into the year, [the film] gets better. You have the first couple of games on film, but what you worry about is the unknown. At this point in time if Coach Nutt was at Arkansas we would have a feel for them, so we have an idea of what they're going to do."

Meyer said the Gator offense is going to have to get going this weekend, but he doesn't expect the Gators to adjust to the new clock rules that are taking away about 20 plays a game.

"People say you have to adjust, but that's not what football is all about," Meyer said. "We'll adjust the offense to the clock – what is that? It's college football. We're going to do what we're going to do. We have a no huddle, but the key is to be efficient. It's third down efficiency and ball security is how you measure an offense and so far I think we've been all right."

He said it would take a lot to adjust to the new rules.

"You can change everything you've done for 20 years," he said. "What you really need to do is win the game. The last two weeks the score has been 56-9 against teams with as much talent as we have. You have to be efficient, but I think this will be the greatest challenge we've faced this year on defense."

Notes

  • Tight end Tate Casey had a bone chip in his elbow and then an infection, but Meyer said he is fine.

  • Meyer said both Torrey Davis and Ron Wilson are doing good, but didn't say whether they were any close to seeing any action.

  • Safety Bryan Thomas had another setback, coming down with a respiratory infection. Meyer said he practiced today, but still has some work to do on the field.


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