Meyer: Antwine and Davis may play Saturday

On a week where most of the news has been bad for the Florida Gators following the loss to Ole Miss and the injuries coming out of the game last Saturday, Florida head coach offered up some good news Thursday for the defensive side of the ball. Defensive tackles Brandon Antwine and Torrey Davis will travel to Arkansas and both have a chance to play Saturday.

The comments closed a good week and a great day of practice.

Meyer seemed upbeat and ready to play the game on Saturday that will have the nationally ranked Gators squaring off against an Arkansas team that is reeling themselves from two straight blow out losses against top ten teams. Meyer isn't worried about another early starting time for his Gators.

"I think we are going to be ready," Meyer said. "We had a great day today that is usually a good indicator. You start worrying about the schedule (11:30 a.m. kickoff), and then you worry about everything. We had a great day. That is all I was worried about today."

In particular Meyer has singled out the defense for an excellent week of practice almost every day. On Thursday he also trumpeted the offense.

"The defense did have a nice week and offense was right on task today," he said.

The defense may get an extra push this week with the return of junior Brandon Antwine and sophomore Torrey Davis to the mix at defensive tackle. Antwine has been out all year after suffering an injury last year that set him back for almost a full calendar year. Davis has been under team suspension and has worked his way back into somewhat of a rotation. Meyer seemed happy to have them back.

"B.A. (Antwine) might get in the game Saturday, he's on the travel squad," Meyer said. "Torrey Davis is on the travel squad. That is a tribute to (Defensive Line Coach Dan McCarney. Brandon Antwine is a heck of a deal. The trainers are shocked too and there is a chance he might get in the game…a lot of people thought he wouldn't play this year."

Whether Davis and Antwine will make a difference this soon is still a question, but Meyer knows he needs to get a little more from his defensive front.

"They could help, right now we are okay and not at the SEC level we need to be," he said. "Those two guys have provided a little bit of punch in practice (this week)."

Freshman Jaye Howard could also see some time and appears to be on the upswing right now. His growing pains after switching positions twice are what have set him back.

"Jaye Howard is in the mix, he's a young player and still acts young," Meyer said. "He's moved from Fox to end and then inside, he's just a young player that just has to settle down. He had a good day the other day."

Meyer is also hoping to get a little more production from other receivers this Saturday. Junior Percy Harvin stole the show against Ole Miss finishing with 186 receiving yards on the day. It appears that junior Carl Moore could be a big target this week for Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow.

"Carl Moore is going to be a little more involved," Meyer said. "He is working his tail off."

With the injuries on the offensive line to Jim Tartt and Marcus Gilbert, Meyer said that sophomore Carl Johnson will start on Saturday. Tartt will likely make the trip and be highly doubtful. Gilbert is out for the game as well as sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody and junior linebacker Dustin Doe. Junior linebacker Ryan Stamper is still hampered by an ankle injury, but will make the trip and is listed as questionable.

As far as the playing at Arkansas, which the Gators don't do very often, Meyer did spend one time on the opponent's sideline as a coach, so he knows what the Razorback fans and the atmosphere bring.

"I "coached" in the one off campus when I was at Colorado State," Meyer said. "It's the SEC, its crowd noise and a bunch of fired up fans."


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