Sticking to the Routine

Heading into the biggest game of the season, and one of the biggest during the Urban Meyer era at Florida, the Gators stuck to their normal routine this week. They had their typical Thursday workout before heading to Atlanta tomorrow.

"Every Thursday is the same," Urban Meyer said. "We wanted to keep the same routine. It's going to be a big time atmosphere, and our guys are ready."

There was still no Percy Harvin on the practice field today. Meyer said he hasn't seen much of his star wide receiver this week, but he said everything is going as expected.

"Not out there today," Meyer said. "They had him in the pool. I'm hoping for tomorrow. That was kind of the goal."

Meyer remembered back a few year's ago when Dallas Baker had a similar ankle sprain and was able to play on Saturday.

"Those ankles," Meyer said. "I don't know if you remember a couple of years ago, Dallas Baker had the same thing. They locked him down in a boot until Friday, he played in the game and we got something out of him."

One of Florida's other dynamic stars, Chris Rainey, is also nursing an injury – a groin injury. Meyer said it's nothing to be concerned about, though.

"He's got a little groin injury," Meyer said. "I think at the end of the season, they may need to do surgery. He gets treatment for it. The trainers do a heck of a job. He's had it for like five weeks now."

Yesterday's news that Tommy Tuberville was leaving Auburn marked the third SEC coach to leave their school. Tennessee dismissed Phillip Fulmer a few weeks ago, and Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom stepped down over the weekend. Meyer said he really hasn't had time to think about the apparent coaching carousel in the league.

"It's not my business other than I know him, I coached against him and I think he's a fantastic coach," Meyer said. "He's won a lot of games there. My initial reaction was much like everyone else who is in the coaching industry. It was, ‘What?' Who knows what goes on behind closed doors."


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