Gators Atlanta Bound

For the second time in Urban Meyer's four-year tenure, the Florida Gators will head to Atlanta to play for the SEC Championship. The Gators jumped on Vanderbilt early, taking a big, early lead and eventually walked away with a 42-14 win in Nashville. After the game, Meyer talked about the win.

On clinching the SEC East…
"I don't want to say it's unbelievable because it's not unbelievable, but I'm awfully proud of them. I made this comment many times that I just admire the maturity level and attention to detail. This is a tough place to come play football against a team with some pretty good players that was ranked at one point in the top 15 in America. They beat Auburn and South Carolina and to keep the attention to detail and focus it was a very good job for our players and assistant coaches."

On Carlos Dunlap's blocked kicks…
"His wingspan, I'd like to know what it is. We knew they were going to try a little rugby kick. Our speed guy just missed it and Carlos got his hands on two of them. It's all personnel, and when you look at the talent we have in there, I think it's maybe one of the best punt block teams. I've had some pretty good ones, and it's the best I've ever had. I want to say we have 5-6 blocked punts, two punt returns for a touchdown and you lead the country in punt return. That team is a weapon and those guys know it."

On the touchdown pass to David Nelson
"It was an all go. Tim held onto the ball a little too long. They had a fire zone blitz and we had the speed post. I thought Dan put together a heck of a game plan and Tim executed it very well."

On the defense…
"I enjoy watching them play. I enjoy watching the coaching going on. I think we have some good players that are playing really well. You can't say it's the d-line, you can't say it's the linebackers and you can't say it's the defensive backs. They're playing with a lot of confidence and they're playing collectively right now."

On Ahmad Black's interception…
"He's like a cat. You throw him and he always lands on his feet. Our guys make fun of him, but he's always in football position. That's why he's such a good tackler. He's too small, too slow, but he's a very heavy player that's always in the right position. That's how he always gets away with it."

On Percy Harvin's fumble…
"I take full responsibility. He takes full responsibility. We wanted him to score that touchdown. He earned that right down there. We actually drew that one up in the dirt and he fumbled trying to get it in there."

On Penn State's loss and the BCS…
"I learned this back at Utah. We're going to have a state of the union meeting tomorrow. We're going to hear it and instead of hearing it from Uncle Jim or someone like that. They're going to hear what's going on with the BCS. I learned a long time ago not to avoid it. They're going to talk about it, so let's talk about it. You have a very good team coming in that just beat Arkansas and it's Coach Spurrier."

On the possibility of a letdown after Georgia
"Anytime you have a big win, obviously we got bit by that this year. There is nothing more emotional than the week before in Jacksonville. I know all the history and the trip up in 1996. Plus, I think it's a heck of a Vanderbilt team. I was very concerned about it. It was a very mature team though. It's refreshing to see them grow up like that."

On Will Hill
"Will missed a day of practice. His father had a little health issue. He played great, though. He's going to be a heck of a player if he keeps working."

On the maturity of the team...
"I'd like to say it's our program. I can start listing people. It's Mickey Marotti, it's the assistant coaches, it's the OSL, it's the University of Florida football program that's developing these guys. Think of what's going on, we have 13 seniors who are all going to graduate. Four of them already have. Do we have issues, yes we do, but for the most part we're dealing with mature guys instead of children."

On the different units feeding off of each other…
"Our guys in the locker room right now are feeding off of each other. It's a collective effort. I hear it, I know it. When our punt team jogs on the field, everyone watches because they know something special is going to happen. When Brandon Spikes, Major Wright and the d-line jog out, everyone watches. When Tebow and Harvin and that offensive line jog out people are going to watch. They admire the way they all work."


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