Urban Meyer says team struggles all part of the grand plan
A heavy early-morning rain storm turned Florida's practice field into a virtual steambath Tuesday morning, prompting even Florida coach Urban Meyer to declare the practice schedule is beginning to take its toll.
"God turned up the heat on us today,'' Meyer said. "Wow, that was a tough one.''
Meyer said he can tell the two-a-day practices are starting to wear the Gators down.
Which is exactly they way he and his coaching staff intended it to be.
"We are officially, if you had to say we’re climbing that hill, hopefully we’re near the top of that hill,'' he said. "We need to get ready to go play. That was a tough day.
After doing this for so long, we’re at the point where guys are banged up and there’s not a whole lot of rah-rah out there, and they are feeling really bad, which is the objective of our camp,'' he added.. "This is our opinion: you have to feel really lousy before you feel good. And we’re at that point where everybody is feeling real lousy, which is a positive, that’s good.. . We’re just fighting. It’s survival right now.''
The players said they understand the brutal task they are facing now will benefit the team in the long run.
"You’ve got to be mentally tough and that’s the reason we do it,'' OL Carl Johnson said. "Because in the fourth quarter, everything is on the line. We saw that in the national championship game. So we train in the heat, when it’s hot, when it’s tough, for the fourth quarter.''
MORE NEWS FROM TUESDAY'S PRACTICE
INJURY UPDATE:WR Carl Moore and CB Jeremy Brown underwent medical procedures to repair back injuries. Meyer said he was unsure of the exact diagnosis.
"Carl Moore and Jeremy Brown had a little procedure done to their back, so it’s going to be a few days, but they think this will finally get it resolved,'' he said. "I don’t know exactly what they had, but it’s not major, it’s not like they are out for the season or three weeks. But they said it’s a positive. They are completely out of business here for a couple of days, but they should start coming back fairly quickly.''
- TRATTOU RETURNS: DE Justin Trattou returned to practice after missing one week with an ankle injury. "It feels good,'' Trattou said."I'm about 90 percent at practice, doing everything, trying to get back into things. It's really not that big of a deal. A week off is not the end of the world for me. It could be a lot worse, guys tear their ACL's. I'm grateful it was only a week.''
- S Major Wrght practiced with no contact, and Matt Patchan is back at full speed from a concussion. OL James Wilson is out with a sprained foot and freshman WR Andre Debose is still slowed by a hamstring injury. Meyer said he realizes he's walking a fine line between getting Debose as ready to play as possible and keeping him from getting reinjured.
- Meyer said he's a little unhappy that more of his incoming freshmen haven't made a bigger impact.
"We’ve got to get the freshmen going'' he said. "I’m a little disappointed, I thought we’d have more done by now. The group in general. Some guys I thought (would progress sooner). I anoint people rather quickly because I get so excited. I’m probably not going to stop. I always say I’m going to stop, but I’m not because I get excited about them and I say 'Boy this guy is going to play as a freshman'. And then, no chance. And that’s part of it.''
BEST QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don’t know, but I saw the Devil out there today. It was pretty hot.'' OL Carl Johnson when asked his description of how hot it was at Tuesday's practice.