Florida Ready for the Dawgs

When the Florida Gators take the field on Saturday for their SEC East showdown with Georgia, they should have most of the parts of their team. Just about everyone is healthy and probable for Saturday.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins bruised his shin in the first half against Kentucky last weekend, but was on the practice field on Thursday.

"Janoris is about 7/8," Meyer said. "We're going to take him out tomorrow like we did that one day with Percy Harvin and give him a workout. Then we'll go out on Saturday and throw it around a little bit. He will be ready to go."

Should Jenkins not be able to go, Wondy Pierre-Louis will start in his place. Running back Emmanuel Moody isn't 100 percent, but could be ready to play as well.

"He's game ready," Meyer said. "The first thing he brings you is depth because he's a heck of a player. We have to make sure he's game ready before we put him in there."

Quarterback Tim Tebow will also be the healthiest he's been in recent weeks. Unbeknownst to Meyer, Tebow hyper-extended his knee against Arkansas.

"It was on the interception," Meyer said. "He tweaked it a little bit, but he hasn't missed anytime because of it. He won't tell you anything anyway. He's fine. He's practiced everyday, and then the other day he was telling me his knee felt really good. I was like your knee, what are you talking about? He's 100 percent."

It wasn't the first time Tebow hid an injury from Meyer. Before last year's Georgia game, Meyer thought Tebow was 100 percent.

"He told me last year he was 100 percent before Georgia," Meyer said. "I found out later he couldn't pick his arm up."

Meyer said it doesn't bother him that Tebow isn't more upfront with his health status.

"I get mad at guys that miss class not that tough out injuries," he said.

Notes

  • Meyer said he thinks he knows the key to winning Saturday's game. Said Meyer, "Whoever plays the best defense will win this game."

  • Backup quarterback Cameron Newton's sore ankle is getting better, but Meyer said he wants to make sure he's completely ready to go before sending him back out onto the field.

  • Meyer said Lorenzo Edwards is improving. "He starts on our punt team. I have seen a little development from him."

  • Likewise, Lerentee McCray is moving up and is contributing on special teams. Said Meyer, "We need him. He's a big fast, tough guy. We want to play him. We have a lot of football left. We really don't redshirt here. We don't bring guys here to redshirt. They come here to play. If they want to redshirt, go somewhere else. Lerentee knows that."

  • Meyer has been impressed with the professionalism he's seen from Percy Harvin this month. "He's had a great month as far as working, as far as training, as far as approach. I'm really proud of Percy. We need to have him have one of those big Percy games this week."


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