Urban Meyer expects "a bunch'' of freshman to see action this season
By now, it's no secret that Florida coach Urban Meyer isn't against playing young players if he thinks they're ready. So with his No. 1 recruiting class enrolled and preparing for fall practice, don't expect anything to change.
If they are good enough, they'll play.
"We're gonna play you,'' Meyer said. "If you don't play at Florida, it's because you're not good enough to play, it's not because we're saving you for down the road. We kind of learned our lesson and I was educated down in Florida.''
Meyer said with the level of talent the Gators' recruiting classes routinely possess, and the expectation so many have of moving on to the NFL, the staff now operates on a much more time-accelerated level. Eleven members of the Gators' 2010 signing class enrolled in January to get an early start.
"I think we lost five guys (to the NFL) as juniors this year,'' Meyer said. "So we put on the accelerated rate to graduate, accelerated rate to play. We understand that a young person who picks Florida, that's part of the process. Graduate, win championships, if blessed, go on to the NFL. We don't hinder that. Go do it. We'll get you on the field as soon as we can. I think this freshman class, you'll see a bunch of guys playing.''