Gator D-Line Could be Shorthanded Saturday

The Florida Gators' defensive line could be less than full strength when they play Arkansas on Saturday. Two starters are doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Razorbacks, which could cause the Gators to use more of their Joker package against the pass-heavy offense of the Razorbacks.

Lawrence Marsh is still suffering from a sprained ankle and left the practice field Thursday in a soft cast. Jaye Howard has been slow to recover from a recently bruised knee.

"Jaye Howard is a guy I thought would come back faster than he has. He's 50-50 for this game," UF head coach Urban Meyer said.

Without them, Omar Hunter and Terron Sanders would be likely starters in a four-down package, but beyond them Florida could be reaching for bodies.

"(Defensive tackle depth) is a concern. It's a concern when they are healthy," Meyer said.

Even if the Gators had their starting defensive tackles ready to play, they probably would still send out their 3-3-5 Joker Package against the Razorbacks.

"I think (we will go with) Joker especially with who we are playing, but you want to have your four-down package as well."

To make sure his defense is ready for the strain of playing against a team that throws as often as Arkansas, Meyer said he wants to make sure his team is well rested before Saturday.

He expects Saturday's game to a tough one for the Gators' defense.

"They are going to be really tested this week. They are playing well, they are mature. I do worry about it, but I worry about everything."


- Meyer said he isn't worried about criticism about his team winning not in dominate fashion against Tennessee and LSU. "You win by 10, and people want you to win by 30. We got to make sure the players relax and play to have fun, and not worry about playing a perfect game, but winning somehow against the team we are playing. I think Lou Holtz says it best, ‘You just have to be the best team playing in the stadium Saturday,' and that's our job in two days."


- Many are calling Saturday's game against Arkansas a trap game for the Gators. Meyer plans to sit his team down to talk about the importance of the game before Saturday. "We talk about it. We just practice really hard. I think the next 48 hours is when we really start talking about that stuff, certainly not on Tuesday or Wednesday. We are just trying to get through 102, 103 degree heat index."


- Meyer said freshman LB Jelani Jenkins is still not ready to play because of a sprained ankle.


- He also said CB Moses Jenkins is doubtful for the game because of the concussion he suffered at Kentucky.


- Again Meyer was asked about how CB Jeremy Brown and WR Carl Moore are coming along in their recoveries from a back procedure both had done prior to the season. And again he said they are getting better and Brown is ahead of Moore but is unsure when either will be back.

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