COACH URBAN MEYER: I said this last night. I'd like to thank Danny Ponce and Eric Poms for the hospitality. I can't imagine a better week as far as the hospitality and the people in south Florida taking care of us, Howard Snellenberg at FAU did a tremendous job. A team that prepares like we do and take the seriousness of our practice routine, he went above and beyond what we asked him to do to make sure the fields were right. A lot of people to thank, but most importantly I'd like to thank our players, and this is all about them. I want to make sure that our players, this team goes down as one of the great teams in Florida football history. It's one of the greatest group of young people I've ever been around, and I'm starting to get a little bit of experience behind me now, 20-something years, and that's saying a lot because I've been around some great young guys. Everything they have coming to them, they deserve it. The team fought through our last two ballgames, was the epitome of college football. They fought through adversity, played two excellent teams coached by -- I'm going to go back to the Alabama game, by Nick Saban and a tremendously talented team and then to go against Coach Stoops, who's one of the best coaches in the business, and have a great group of very experienced -- I saw today in the paper how experienced, just the offensive line and the veterans they had. My heart is out to our plays. I know our coaching staff feels the same way, but this is as good a group of young people as I've ever been around, and I want to thank them for that.
Q. How much sleep did you get? And
also, as you hear those names called out over
there on the trophies, people like red Blake and
Grantland Rice, you're a historian of the game.
How does it make you feel to know you have a
secure place in history?
COACH URBAN MEYER: It's very
humbling, and two years ago when it all happened,
I really can't remember much about it. But I just
asked the gentleman that gave us the Mac Arthur
trophy, I said, I'd like to read about this because
our name is on it twice. I think I owe that to them
and I'm going to read it to our team. I am a fan of
college football. I think college football is the
greatest venue going, and to think that our name is
forever etched on that great trophy, it's my
responsibility to learn more about it and make sure
our players learn it because they're on it.
That's why we did that. If you ever come
to Florida, our administration was good enough to
put a lot of money into a front door window to let
people see the history of Florida football when it
was never there before. You walk in there now
and it's legitimate. It's one of the great programs in
college football history. We're going to continue to
make sure that thing grows and grows and grows,
so it is the best place in college football.
Q. Last night Tim said after the game
that fans were chanting "one more year" in
celebration. He said if were to go to the NFL,
one of the things preventing him are
relationships that he's built with teammates
and with you. What will you advise him on
those two things? Will you advise him to take
the emotion from that standpoint out of it, or
deep down in your own heart do you think that
those things will help out?
COACH URBAN MEYER: This is going to
be a little harder. There's not much difference than
Nathan, my son. Nate, my son, and Tim. I love
Tim. He's family. He's everything. At some point
I'll get blasted for it, but I think he's one of the best
players to ever put on a helmet. I don't know if
he's the best quarterback, that's all relative and in
people's eyes they can choose whoever they want.
Tim will make a very well educated decision. I'm
going to put him on the phone with people I trust. I
did that with Alex Smith, I've done that with some
other players; they've made some great decisions.
So rest assured, and Gator Nation needs to know
Tim will make the right decision. I have no idea
what it is, and out of respect to Tim and his family it
hasn't even been discussed. I'm sure over the
next few days it will.
Q. Will Jack Del Rio be one of those
COACH URBAN MEYER: Yeah, I have
great respect for Coach Del Rio and he has
opened his program to us and we have opened
ours to him. I have great respect for his opinion,
and I'm hoping Tim will talk to him.
Q. Your team is built on great
recruiting, obviously. I know you're expecting
a recruiting bounce. Have you had contacts
with recruits and have they been emailing you
already this morning? And what kind of
bounce do you expect out of this?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Well, we only
have about four left, five left, so we expect to close
this thing. Be we just want to make sure it's the
right four because usually recruiting classes are
made with your last four or five that you pick up.
The last week has been really good for Florida and
recruiting. Yes, we were on the phone actually the
day of the game, had many phone calls with top
recruits, and then I've heard from several today.
So this will be a tremendous boost, and obviously
the celebration on Sunday -- I made a comment
yesterday, what Florida has to offer a young man,
let's compare us against any other school,
academically, lifestyle, the location, and it's going
to be good. We're going to have a very good
Q. If I recall correctly, when you won it
two years ago, you felt like you had a great
team, not necessarily a great program. I think
you might feel a little bit differently now, and
what I'm curious about, although I don't want to
put the "dynasty" word in your mouth, do you
feel Florida is poised to make that kind of a
COACH URBAN MEYER: I'm not sure
what the word "dynasty" means. I'm very confident
now. I wasn't two years ago, that's why I made
that comment. We all saw what was coming. Our
coaching staff knew exactly if those young players
decided to come out early, the four guys on
defense, that means we lost basically our entire
defense. We knew the backups were not ready to
play. Deep in my heart when I knew Brandon Siler
came in to see me two days after the
championship, "I want to go to the NFL," Ryan Smith, I had that feeling in my stomach, oh, boy,
we're going to have a hard time stopping anybody.
I don't feel that way this year. I see some
good players, I see a program that's set now.
We're good. I didn't feel that way two years ago. I
felt that was just an unbelievable effort by some
very good players and a 21-group senior class.
This is a 13-member senior class. Next year is
going to be a very good senior class, but behind
them is another group, another group. We don't
have that void is my point. Two years ago we had
a void in recruiting and it showed. Certainly it
showed last year in the Bowl game.
Q. Thinking back to the day you were
introduced as coach you came out and were
looking at the stadium and smiling, can you
envision what's been going on? Has there
been a lot of reflection for you in the 12 hours
since the game has been over?
COACH URBAN MEYER: There's more
this time than two years ago because two years
ago was just running from here to there, and once
again, I knew what was coming. Do we take junior
college players to fill this void? And the panic that
our program was in.
I want to make sure, most importantly, our
players enjoy this and our coaching staff. I have
the best coaching staff in America and I want to
make sure they enjoy this. I'm in awe of Florida, I
really am. I was in the '90s when I watched them
play. Now that it's our program and we're playing
and we're doing -- our players are doing what
they've executed the last two or three years. I walk
in that stadium, and I told Jeremy last night, every
once in a while when I'm having a bad day I'll walk
in and stare at that wall. It's got to be one of the
great walls in college football history, and to know
that our team is forever a part of that.
It's a little bit like those bricks we put in
there for the All-Americans. We're not done with
that stadium. We're going to make that the kind of
place where everybody walks in and you kind of
take it in and you're in awe of that place. We're
going to make sure that we do that right, from the
Emmitt Smiths to the Jack Youngbloods to the
Chris Leaks to the Tim Tebows, those players are
going to be treated like they're supposed to be
Q. Can you tell what happened in
retrospect between last year's team and this
year's team since you have spoken of this
year's team with so much affection, how much
more they've bought in and how that
COACH URBAN MEYER: Just great
people. It's a people business, college football, it's
not Xs and Os. I actually get a kick out of it when I
hear about the gurus, west coast versus the
spread, and that has absolutely zero to do with
winning football games. I love when I hear that.
It's a people business, and this team -- I
don't want to get too much into last year's team,
but this year's team was far superior than most
teams we've been blessed to have in the last
several years. The '04 Utah team, the way the '06
team finished, and really pretty went much the way
this season went with this outfit, that that's as good
group a group of young people as I've ever been
It comes from maturity. I like to credit Mick
Marotti, our OSL staff and certainly our assistant
In our big pre-game talk we show a
highlight video on basically Saturday morning --
whatever, Thursday morning, or Thursday right
before we get on the bus, and I'll address the
team. The discussion we had right before the
game, before we got on the bus, was this is not,
boy, this is kind of neat, good fortune, how the ball
bounced your way and the stars aligned right. This
has been a work in process for many years. When
our staff got together we had a vision what our
offensive line is supposed to look like, act like and
play like, and we got it. We had a vision of what a
quarterback should look like, act like and run the
offense, a group of receivers, a running back
position. You look on defense, two corners, that in
my opinion are the two best corners maybe in
college football. That's a strong statement. But
my point is then you also flip and it and return to a
punter and a kicker and a long snapper.
So this is not one of those, boy, this is kind
of neat; it's good fortune the way you guys are
playing. It's not, and I want our guys to
understand, everybody is going to go their own
ways like the Reggie Nelsons of the world. You
might not ever get a chance to play with guys like
this again, make it count. And they certainly did.
Q. You mentioned last night that you
really didn't enjoy the first time two years ago,
and you mentioned rebuilding and all that kind
of stuff. Were there any other ways that you
didn't enjoy two years ago that you're going to
enjoy this one? And also another question, as
far as your players that might go to the NFL,
might go pro, do you think they might be
influenced as to what they saw Billy Donovan's
kids do, want to come back and defend their
COACH URBAN MEYER: That's a good
spin; I might use that (laughter). I'm glad you
brought that up.
The first part about enjoyment, I'm a big
family guy and I'm a big coaching staff person and
a player person, so I want to make sure our guys --
I've already met with our strength coach and I'm
not sure how we're going to do that. It just felt like
two years ago, I mean, the game was over, bang,
classes started. That's all going on now, as well.
But I'm going to force myself and our staff to really
get some time with their families and do some stuff
together so we really enjoy this thing.
As far as the guys coming back, that's
going to happen here in the next few days. In all
honesty I'm not going to start using angles
because I don't want to ever influence a guy to
make a decision. Whenever you make a
life-changing decision, place of employment,
having a family, getting married, all those big
decisions you have to make, you put it all on the
table and you make sure you're doing it for the
The good thing is, I couldn't say this four
years ago, guys were making decisions without my
input, and some uncle told me to do this and my
peoples can get me in the second round. I look at
him going what peoples are you talking about?
Peoples they're going to be talking to really can
advise them. I love this team because they're very
professional. Brandon Spikes, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow, Brandon James, those guys all make that
decision. I don't have any idea what the decision
is yet. But they'll make it the right way, and that's
family, coaches, people that know what they're
talking about, not some guru or some peoples.
That will not be part of the discussion.
Q. What moments from the third and
fourth quarter of Tim's play will you always
COACH URBAN MEYER: Well, I saw it
last night, just parked myself in front of ESPN for,
what was it, four hours I had, right? The 3rd down
and 11 where he pulled it down and he hit and I
saw his leg drive and get that extra two yards, I
mean, how many guys could do this? He got hit,
made a guy miss, hit two people, and his eyes and
he looked over he knew exactly where that yard
marker was. The other play was when he
scrambled and hit Riley Cooper. Those were the
two plays on offense.
On defense the two interceptions - the one
by Ahmad Black that just completely took it right
away from the guy. Up by three and we were
driving the ball, obviously a prolific offense. And
then the one down in the red zone where the ball is
tipped and Major Wright made the play. Those are
the plays I'll never forget. On highlights it was a
Q. You've won two national titles in
three years now. I'm just wondering, do you
think that sort of thing could ever get old to
you, that you might look for a new challenge?
And you know a lot of NFL coaches like Bill
Belichick. Could that ever be in your future?
COACH URBAN MEYER: I don't think so.
I think the task at hand is to -- I made a comment
earlier that I really have a dream of what Florida
should look like, and it's getting real close. There's
still a lot of work to be done. The minute you start
worrying about other things, you miss a recruiting
class, you miss this great recruit, and that's not
going to happen. I'm committed to Florida. I love
Florida. More importantly, though, I love these
players, and these players are going to get our
best effort for a long time.
Q. What does it mean to you that Brian Johnson rooted for you last night to the
detriment of himself and Utah? And number
two, now that it's over and everything is
decided, what kind of claim do they have and
would you like a shot at them?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Kyle
Whittingham is one of my closest friends, and I do
believe Kyle is the best coach in the business,
what he does. He's the best assistant coach.
Brian Johnson, we actually recruited Brian. Brian
was unrecruited out of Texas and Dan Mullen and
myself went down there, and you knew when you
sat at home with his family, he wasn't big enough,
wasn't fast enough and didn't have a strong
enough arm, but he's a lot like the quarterback we
have. Brian Johnson when he said his team
deserves to be number one, he should say that.
When Brian Johnson cheers for Florida because of
his relationship with coaches on our staff, that's
good people. I'm not really a betting person, but if
I want to bet on a guy that's going to have an
unbelievable future, whether it's in football or not,
Brian Johnson is going to be an executive or --
he's going to have a great opportunity to do
whatever he wants to do outside of football, and
more importantly than that he'll be a great husband
and great father because that's the quality kid he
I have not talked to Brian but I'm sure I'll
talk to him again soon.
Q. What does it mean to have your last
two programs leading in the AP Poll?
COACH URBAN MEYER: It's
unbelievable. What does it mean? It just means
that it's just fantastic people associated with those
programs, and the resources you have at Utah and
the resources you have at Florida. Everybody is in
a hurry to take a new job, I'm going to go to this
job, this job, it's great. Just make sure the
foundation behind you has some success, and
Utah certainly has that.
Utah is not going away now. If you just go
evaluate that program -- I'm selling Utah, but if you
go evaluate that program, you keep hearing the
word "BCS conferences," I can't think of many
schools that are better than Utah, just the toys that
you have as far as facilities, and the resources and
alumni and everything, and a recruiting base as far
as the Polynesian culture. When you hear "BCS
conference" that means nothing to a lot of coaches
like myself. To say "BCS," you get your brains
kicked in every year and you finish 3-8, you're not
BCS. You might get a little bigger check at the end
of the year because you're in a nice conference,
but Utah is a much better program than most BCS
programs. That's most.
Q. Last night Percy said the victory
was particularly enjoyable because "no one
gave us a chance." Considering you were
four-and-a-half-point favorites, what talk did
you give those guys to convince them that they
were not respected?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Who said that,
Percy? (Smiling). The last couple days were real
intense, just getting these guys ready to go. I
thought Coach Strong addressed the team. I'm
very cautious who we allow to talk to our team.
Those guys were ready to play. I don't want to get
too much into it because that's our business.
You know what the good thing is, guys
listen. This outfit, I made the comment before,
Charlie Strong, Mickey Marotti, Steve Addazios of
the world, we're really focused on it, and I think a
lot of it had to do with we didn't have a chance to
stop this team. Statistically it will tell you it would
be a hard deal to stop them. So I'm sure that's
where he was headed.
Q. Did you see anything from
Oklahoma's offense during the game or in
watching film that might show up in Florida's
COACH URBAN MEYER: I've been really
intrigued by the no-huddle, by the up-tempo, and
we actually went to that the whole first week of
spring ball a year ago. I sent Dan Mullen to
Missouri and came back with the mechanics of it. I
hired Scot Loeffler. He's had some of that in his
background. I think the tempo of the game, that's
a pain in the butt, and if you only have two days to
prepare -- we did well because we had a whole
month and Coach Strong and his staff and our
players really worked hard. I'm going to really
study it because I love their offense.
Kevin Wilson, the coordinator on their
team, we played against him one other time when
he was at Northern Western and he was at
Bowling Green and the score was 43-42 at the end
of the day. Both teams had about 650 yards of
offense and my D coordinator looked at me in the
fourth quarter and said, we can't stop them
because of the tempo of the game, and I've never
had a defense feel completely paralyzed by an
offense. I'm glad we got to play them and we're
going to research what they do because I think
they're really good.
Q. Can you talk about Percy Harvin's
performance with that injury?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Right now he's
got to be one of the best players in America. He's
got the best first step. You saw that yesterday. I
think he played at about 80 percent. I saw him on
the sideline and I kept talking to him and he looked
at me right in the eye and said, I'm ready, Coach,
I'm ready. A couple of those runs he got out of
there, when he's 100 percent I'm not sure they
But that was a tremendous effort. Very
unselfish effort. What he did to prepare for that
game is what legends are made of. Not many
guys I've ever seen do what he did as far as
preparing himself for that game.
Q. Everyone talks about Percy Harvin
and Tim Tebow. Can you talk about calling a
number for Riley Cooper and David Nelson at
COACH URBAN MEYER: Isn't that
something? David Nelson continues to amaze,
and Riley Cooper -- they're program players,
actually very talented program players. Usually
when people say "program players," they're guys
that aren't good enough to kind of step up. Very
talented guys that were influenced by outside
forces. David Nelson had kind of the attitude that
I'm not getting my fair share, and I should be
treated a little different, and that goes back to the
third uncle comment where people were
influencing his practice, and the fact was he was
not very good. He didn't practice very good, and
he didn't play very well. And now he's playing at
an extremely high level.
Billy Gonzales has done a great job with
him and it was his call. The jump pass, Percy was
able to do it, but Louis Murphy is a guy we trust but
he had a knee injury and didn't practice the first
two and a half weeks, and David Nelson has
earned the trust. I think we threw the pass, David
Nelson shows you the confidence that our
coaching staff put in that player. He knows it and
I'm sure that's why he made that play.
That was probably a two-hour discussion
on who was going to catch it, who would be open.
The technique, if you saw that play, just to build on
David Nelson, that wasn't go kind of run around
and run inside. He goes out and stock block, Tim
is going to jump pass, to leave your feet and tie
that up, that's not easy.
Q. How do you choose him to get that
COACH URBAN MEYER: That because
he's extremely disciplined and practices his tail off.
That was a two-hour discussion about who's going
to get that play because you only get one shot at it,
and if you cut it short, go too deep, don't sell it,
you're wasting a play. We knew we were going to
call it at a critical time.
Q. If you learned at Bowling Green how
to organize a staff and instill discipline and you
learned at Utah how to break down the wall so
the diversity took place on your team, what
have you learned at four years in Florida? And
after that would you elaborate on the plan to
COACH URBAN MEYER: What I've
learned at Florida is when you take over a program
that's kind of bigger than life in some people's
eyes, it still comes down to a bunch of young guys
playing football, and I kind of got caught up in the
Gator clubs and signing autographs, and it still
comes down to David Nelson going four yards,
selling the stop clock, showing his hands and
doing the right thing, and that's no different than
Bowling Green, Utah or Florida. I graded myself
probably a C my first year because it was -- Florida
is big time now. But I've got news, there's a lot of
other big time places, and if you start to sleep,
you'll fall behind.
It still comes down to getting guys to go as
hard as they can, it all comes down to getting guys
to graduate, to live right. At the end of the day you
want a bunch of players that are committed to the
right thing. And it's not easy to get that. It's not
easy. In 20-something years of coaching, on one
hand I can hold the amount of teams that I've been
around the kids that do it the right way. I'm not
talking about a few, I'm talking about the core of
your team if you do it the right way, and we've got
it here at Florida.
Q. Playing to win?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Playing to win.
Play great defense. I thought it was a fine effort by
Charlie Strong, and he continues to prove he's one
of the greatest football coaches in the country right
now, excellent recruiter, even a better husband
and father, and my right-hand man. There's no
better coach in the country than Coach Strong,
what he did and what that staff did, I think Chuck Heater and Vance Bedford and Dan McCarney,
that's as good as defensive staff, I keep hearing
about these defensive staffs and they don't have
the success. Charlie has done a fabulous job with
Turnovers, we had a couple. We were
tight with the ball. Usually fumbles are an issue in
Bowl games because you haven't been hit in a
while. Our guys did a good job with two
interceptions where one was a mistake by Tim,
one was a great defensive call where they dropped
the nose out in blitz package -- but we did, we won
the turnover battle.
Scoring in the red zone is where we won
the game. We were 4 for 4 in the red zone I think
on the year. We were No. 1 in America, and we
should be. For the amount of time spent for the
few plays you get in the red zone, we're way over
as far as the amount of time spent. But that's the
money; that's payday for our players, 3rd downs,
the red zone.
And then the last one, kicking game. I'm
not sure we dominated the kicking game. I'm a
little disappointed actually in some of the returns,
and then we ran into the darn kicker. We had a
chance to block that kick. But the defensive
turnovers in the red zone, that's how we won this
Q. In talking about Utah, you made the
point that you can be in a BCS conference and
not be a top-level program. So I'm making the
leap to Mississippi State and Dan. What's the
best piece of advice you would give him to get
that thing turned around?
COACH URBAN MEYER: Recruit, and
hire a tremendous strength coach. Dan knows, a
lot of times I'll hear about these coaches or I'll talk
to some young coaches and put their staff together
and I'll ask the question about the strength staff,
about the discipline in your program and those
things. He hired our former strength coach who
was at Virginia and now he's at Mississippi State,
so he just hit a home run. He's got a chance now,
and I would say Dan had zero chance if he couldn't
hire an ace strength staff that can keep that thing
The strength staff in college football
nowadays, if you're -- you guys should watch this.
If a guy gets hired and puts that, I'm going to hire a
strength coach later, that's a guy that has no clue
what's going on, and he'll fail. Dan Mullen has got
a chance because he knows the value of the
strength staff, so he hit a home run.
And then obviously recruiting, he's got to
get out and get quality players and hire a staff to
recruit. I think Dan is going to do fine. Dan is a
very intelligent coach and he'll surround himself --
all great coaches know how to surround
themselves with great coaches, and we had great
discussions, long discussions about it, and he feels
very comfortable with the people he's putting
together on his coaching staff.
Q. Davis made the big play on the goal
line and the interceptions, but what specifically
did your defensive staff do to stop this offense
that nobody else has been able to stop?
COACH URBAN MEYER: We really put in
two packages that our defense did a great job, and
one was bare defense, and they did a great job,
and then a lot of odd. We played much more three
down than we've ever played. Basically the whole
game was four down against Alabama and then
this game played three down and they call it bare
defense where they kicked down to stop the inside
run. Chuck Heater and I were talking a couple
nights before the game, we do everything an
offense doesn't like to see, and a lot of it was new.
So they did a great job, and Torrey Davis actually
made a great play. I saw that on the highlights last
night, as well.
Q. You talked about your guy back at
Utah, too slow, too whatever. You've got
another guy like that on this team who plays
safety for you, too small, too slow, can't do
anything but does everything. Would you talk
COACH URBAN MEYER: Yeah, he's
talking about Ahmad Black and he's too small, too
slow, can't jump high enough, he's just in great
football position and he's a mini-Chuck Heater.
That's Chuck's adopted son. I always give Chuck
a lot of credit because he deserves it. Every year
he pulls one out. First year was Brown, second
year was Ryan Smith and Reggie Lewis. Last year
we had Major Wright as a freshman back there,
Joe Haden, and this year he pulled out Ahmad
Black. He wasn't -- he was almost getting his
movement to a 1AA somewhere and saying it was
time to move on. He wasn't allowed to be on
special teams because we couldn't trust him, and
now he's one of the most trustworthy guys. He
comes from a great high school program. He's got
a chance because he's got a great family, and we
knew that. It was just a matter of time. Chuck did
a great job with him.
Q. Those of us who have known
Charlie for a lot of years, the hurt and the
frustration when he talks about head coaching,
why do you think he's not a head coach, hasn't
gotten any phone calls this off-season? Do
you think race and an interracial marriage is
playing into that? That's not fun to ask, but
this guy is doing a great job and he's not
getting any consideration?
COACH URBAN MEYER: I'm not going to
get into that right now and spoil a great day. I'm
going to tell you again that that's one of the finest
coaches in America. Just how important that is,
put that right up there, and I'm going to say
something else: A great husband and a great
father and a great person, as good a guy as I've
ever been around. He was my neighbor in South
Bend, Indiana. I trust him with everything, I trust
him with my family, I trust him with everything.
So that's a great question to ask. I can't
certainly answer it, and I don't want to push too
hard because I don't want to lose him. He's that
good, though. He's that good. Just once again,
there's a lot of good football guys out there that
can draw Xs and look real neat on the board. He's
good at that, obviously. But as far as a role model
and making sure these guys do the right thing -- I
mentioned Torrey Davis. When you said Torrey
Davis I say Charlie Strong. You say Ahmad Black,
I say Charlie Strong. That's how good he is.
Q. As a follow-up to that, would you
ever put a bug in somebody else's ear, another
school's ear who has an opening, about Charlie
Strong, or would you feel uncomfortable about
doing that unless you had some specific
relationship with the people in the hiring
COACH URBAN MEYER: I've put a lot of
bugs. I've shot it at people and made it real clear.
I'm not sure they listen. I think Charlie fell a little
bit when he got that interview because he's Charlie
Strong. He'd get very upset and I'd get very upset.
Search firms, I'm not into that because
guys have called me and talked to me and athletic
director is supposed to go hire a football coach.
Do your homework, go hire a coach. Yeah, that's
a good question. It kind of angers me sometimes.
I've been involved in those phone calls, and I can
tell on the other end, talking to a deaf ear. I'm
busy and I don't have time to talk to you unless
you're interested. Don't play people. I need to be
careful. I'm going to get very angry here in a
minute and I shouldn't be here. That's how much I
care about Charlie Strong.
Q. Was Percy's injury a hairline
fracture? And can you give us an update on
COACH URBAN MEYER: Yeah, I didn't
know that until a later day that they said regardless
it's the same healing time. Actually a hairline
fracture heals a little quicker than a high ankle
sprain, so there was a small fracture. But the
injury, the time delay and the thing that still
bothered him yesterday wasn't the actual fracture.
I had the same question, what does it mean? A
high ankle sprain, that's a separation -- I'm like a
doctor now with the high ankle sprains. That's a
bad injury especially on a skilled athlete. You look
at a guy like Percy, they've got the real skinny
ankles, and the time off, the healing time was for
the high ankle sprain.
COACH URBAN MEYER: Chris Rainey
has ankle sprain. I texted him last night. He said
he was real sore. It was right in front of me and I
was worried about it. But I think it's an ankle
sprain and he should be fine.
Q. Even if you do lose a couple guys to
the NFL how good can this team be next
COACH URBAN MEYER: Well, we play a
tough schedule, we play in the Southeastern
Conference and you saw a couple other teams
with high rankings. We've got to go back to work.
Our guys have had some real physical games, and
so if -- speculating, I'm not going to do that, but
we'll see who comes back. Regardless, this team,
it's not going to be like last year. It will not be like
that. I don't know our record because we've got to
stay healthy and most other things. But as far as
the program, it's much better than it was two years
ago as far as the group of young players coming
up. So how good? We could be very good next
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