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Antonya English

Arkansas will not be a trap game, Gators say

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October

Urban Meyer believes in the term "trap game'' and understands why some might think this week's game against Arkansas could fall into that category.

The Gators are coming off a hard-fought game at LSU, and two weeks of drama concerning QB Tim Tebow's concussion. Now here come the unranked Razorbacks.

But Meyer said anybody who saw what Arkansas did to previously undefeated Auburn last week would understand the Razorbacks are a real threat - and the Gators won't take them lightly.

"I don’t think this one falls into that (category),'' Meyer said. "I can sit there and rant and rave about how good their kickoff return is, then you flip them on (video) and they’re not very good. That’s happened. I even sometimes don’t show videotape because players sit there and watch and say coach what are you talking about, they are not very good. On this one, they are real good. I think this is a much different scenario. This is a team that’s good enough to compete for the West championship and probably a lot of people who really understand the game of football will say the same thing.''

The Gators have the added distractions that come with Homecoming week, which is why veteran leadership will be more important, Tebow said.

"I think you're dealing with 18-to-22 year olds, so if you don't have a lot of good leadership and a lot of focus on your team, I think you can have letdowns,'' he said. "That happens all the time in college football -you have a more talented team that loses to a team that should never beat them. That happens a lot. Not that we're in one, because Arkansas could definitely beat us. They have a great team, a lot of great players, a good coach. That's not a trap game. That's a competitive game in my opinion.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:22pm]

    

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