Gators Ahead of Schedule

Coming off the bye week, the Florida Gators are ahead of schedule with their preparations for Kentucky. Head coach Urban Meyer said it's been a good week of practice so far.

"[Today] went good," Meyer said after Wednesday's workout. "We had three good days – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. We're plus-one because of the bye week, but it was a good day today. The attitude was good."

There wasn't much new news on the injury front except for left guard Jim Tartt. The senior offensive lineman will miss Saturday's Homecoming game, but may be ready for Georgia.

"Tartt did not practice," Meyer said. "He has a new brace and won't go this week. There's a chance for next week."

Linebacker Dustin Doe practiced again, and so did running back Emmanuel Moody.

"Moody was a little sorer today than yesterday, but I think he'll play," Meyer said.

With all the injury news coming out of Lexington, Meyer isn't worried about the Gators looking past the Wildcats and towards the Bulldogs.

"No, they're the No. 1 defense in the league and they're 5-2," Meyer said. "They won that game against Arkansas in the last second when they were down by 14. I'm not sure our guys know [about the injuries]. … They are usually the best special teams we play every year."

Notes

  • Freshman corner Jeremy Brown came out of the spring on a high note, but he's now likely a redshirt candidate because of a back injury.

    "I'd put him in the redshirt category," Meyer said. "He and Janoris Jenkins were neck and neck coming out of the spring and you see the year Janoris is having, so he would have played. He's had that back problem, which he actually had in high school. We're just trying to get him right."

    Omar Hunter may not see much time during the rest of the season either.

    "I'd like to play him, but he's been so banged up," Meyer said. "That ankle injury is pretty significant."

  • Wife of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, was in Gainesville on Wednesday afternoon, and with election day less than two weeks away, Meyer said there is some political talk in the Gator locker room.

    "I like when our guys talk about that kind of stuff and I'm hearing a little bit of it this year," Meyer said. "I think that's great. It's very mature. I know when I was 18 years old it wasn't on the top of my list."

  • There's a chance defensive tackle Brandon Antwine may play on Saturday.

    "Yesterday he was sore, but he came out today and went hard," Meyer said. He'll probably play on Saturday."

  • The Steve Miller Band will headline Friday night's Gator Growl at The Swamp. Last year, Meyer had a chance to meet Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    "Last year the manager wanted me to meet Lynyrd Synyrd, so I was walking backstage and I said, ‘which one is he?' He looked at me like, ‘you dope.'"


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