Meyer: Freshman class could be as good as advertised
GAINESVILLE - In the midst of their excitement and battling through fatigue of their first official college football practice, Urban Meyer said he got a good indication in Sunday's first fall practice just which freshmen most likely will see playing time this season.
"There's some talent, you can tell right now the ones that are going to play; I can,'' Meyer said. "I'm not going to tell you, but I have a good indication of who's going to play already.''
Florida had the No. 1 recruiting class by several recruiting services, and Meyer said just having more numbers than when he arrived three years ago is a bonus.
"It's that middle level where two years ago our special teams we suffered at times because we didn't have enough bodies,'' Meyer said. "In my opinion, they are all going to play. Because of sheer numbers, they are going to play - 10 seniors, 10 juniors, you figure it out. But I think they are that talented, too.''
Co-Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said offensive lineman John Brown will be a little behind the curve of his other Lakeland teammates because he missed summer B. Brown began practice Sunday, but is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse. In the meantime, Mattison is doing his best to get him quickly up to speed.
"He didn't get the six weeks that these other kids got,'' Mattison said. "As a coach you can be sensitive to that, but don't listen to it. I've got to have the trainers telling me the whole time, "you've got to slow down with him.' That's why they are the trainers. That's their job and I listen to them.''