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Antonya English

UF assistants adjusting to new life in Gainesville

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February

Vance Bedford's wife has never been to Gainesville, and has only visited the state of Florida on a few bowl trips.

So Bedford, Florida's new cornerbacks coach, woke up in Gainesville Thursday morning, he discovered a great recruiting tactic to use on his wife.

Talk about the weather.

"I said "Honey, it's 40 degrees and everybody here thinks it's cold,'' Bedford said Thursday afternoon. "If you've ever been to Arbor this time of year,'' you would know that's a great recruiting move right there.''

Bedford, new defensive line coach Dan McCarney and running backs coach Kenny Carter met with the media Thursday afternoon to discuss everything from coaching philophy to recruiting.

Bedford, who arrived in Gainesville Wednesday night, hasn't had time to spend much time with the players, but said he's watched film cut-ups and believes the Gators have a lot of talent to work with. What he's looking for most? Tougjhness, he said.

Carter dismissed the "perception'' that the Gators don't have a running game because they lack talent at that position, saying he expects heavy competition for the starting job, including  Emmanuel Moody, Mon Williams and Kestahn Moore. He also said the idea of taking away Tim Tebow as a running threat is absurd, but he instead wants to make the running backs a strong complement to Tebow's running style of play.

"We're going to do our part to make sure that when 3rd and 1 comes around or 3rd and 2 comes around, don't have to run just counter, we can do some other things and take that load off of him,'' Carter said.

As for USF coach Dan McCarney, he reiterated he enjoyed his year with the Bulls, but when the opportunity came to join the Gators, it was a no-brainer. Asked what drew him away?

"Urban Meyer, first,'' McCarney said. "Then the University of Florida. I'm not new to this. I've been around the block a few times, you can tell that by looking at this face. I know a great opportunity when I see it. I didn't just come in on a load of wood.''

That's almost as classic as when Ron Zook used to say, "I'm no Willie off the pickle boat.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:24pm]

    

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