A Well-Rounded Victory

After the Florida Gators' huge victory over the No. 3 ranked LSU Tigers, Urban Meyer addressed the media to talk about his team's attitude heading into the game and the play of the offense among other things.

Opening statement…
"I thought it was one of the most well rounded efforts we've ever had. They jumped out to a quick start against a team with some very talented football players. That was two good teams going at it pretty good."

On answering LSU with a third quarter drive… "That was a classic Tebow. On the 3rd-and-3 we had Dan Mullen and Tim on the headsets. Every time you have third down and three or four to go you start throwing it and we called a q-zone and I saw that look in Tim's eyes. We've seen him do that a lot and it was a big play in the game."

On LSU's score before the half…
"We kind of lost our juice at halftime. Our coaches did a great job and more importantly our coaches. It was a two score game. I thought that third down play was a pivotal play because if you start messing around and punt and then LSU comes right down and scores, but we scored and made it a two score game."

On the spacing of the offensive line
"Steve Addazio and John Hevesy have done an outstanding job. I didn't even hear about it, but they were in the locker room talking about some of the comments that had been made. That was good. Whoever did that keep doing it. That was great motivation and those kids worked their butts off and went as hard as they could. The idea of being against very talented personnel, we're going to continue to work with it. We had about a 3-4 foot split out there between the two and three techniques. Some of those gaps were the ones Demps and Rainey ran through."

On Percy Harvin
"We brought him out on Friday and he went full speed with Tim. He's still not 100 percent. He played very well and obviously that 70-yarder to start the game."

On the defense in first half…
"It might be one of the best defensive efforts in recent history. Our defense really answered the bell against the run."

On the state of the SEC…
"Vanderbilt lost so everyone has a loss in the East. I'm glad we have a bye week, and let's get ready for our next game. We all know what happens if you're not ready. Our kids like these 8 o'clock games. I just wish we could play every game at 8 o'clock. They fed off the energy."

On the kickoff penalty…
"I'm ashamed to say this because I'm a special teams guy, but I didn't know the rule and I was ready to go after somebody. The rule states if you catch the ball out of bounds it's a penalty. I asked if he was sure that was the rule and he said I'm sure. So I walked away, kept my mouth shut and I'll look up the rule tomorrow."

On Demps and Rainey…
"They did great. Rainey hurt his shoulder. My goodness, Demps is a powerful guy. Both those guys are true freshmen. Demps, the strength coach has been working with him because his footwork needed work. They've really done some great work."

On Dan Mullen after getting heat for the call against Ole Miss
"He hasn't been getting crushed by me and that's all that matters. Dan Mullen does a fine job and calls the game the way he sees it. I thought that was a good call. The talk on the headsets was tremendous. That was a big time call. It's also a call that when you're in the press box and you see pass, pass, pass and we did get them into a blitz situation and ran Tim for a 5-yard gain."

On the success of the running game…
"I think it's the homerun ball. You can't have a lot of yards if you can't knock it out of there. I'm looking at a 42-yard run, 21-yard run and a 15-yard run. That's the difference. Our whole goal with the offensive line right now is just to get them to the second level. If you get them there then some good things can happen."

On the play of Brandon Spikes
"He didn't play very good against Arkansas. We actually had a team meeting and coach Bedford got up and said a few things. The good thing about Brandon Spikes is that he's a grown man and he took it. He played okay, but for Brandodn Spikes to play okay isn't good enough. I thought he played great tonight."

On playing with a chip on their shoulder…
"I think our assistant coaches did a fantastic job and the atmosphere. When you get on the bus and drive into a place like this. Plus, the film doesn't lie. That team was a good team and if you didn't' play with a chip on your shoulder you're going to get hurt. I think it wasn't a locker room speech or anything, I think they saw on the film that if they didn't come in with the right mindset, they were going to get hurt."

On Spikes' punt…
"I'm going to kill him, but that's alright."

On the balance using Tebow…
"There's not certain set numbers with Tim. With guys like Demps and Percy and Rainey and Murphy you want to get them the ball a certain amount of times. It's not like that with Tim. He manages the game. We'd like to throw the ball a little more than 21 times, but he also scrambled a few times."

On keeping a chip on their shoulder…
"I think it's hard. I think that's the essence. I don't do it. I think Brandon Spikes, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow, the Pouncey Twins, Phil Trautwein, Jason Watkins. Those are the players and if they keep a chip on their shoulder you're going to see a fine team. I put it on the leadership of the team. I know that's an escape, but it's the truth."


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