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Urban Meyer encouraged by Florida Gators' urgency

GAINESVILLE — After their worst offensive performance under coach Urban Meyer on Saturday, the Gators returned to practice with a "sense of urgency" — exactly what Meyer had hoped for.

"We practiced (Sunday) night, and coaching a team that has urgency is a positive thing," Meyer said Monday. "Mistakes are a part of football and athletics. It's much easier to coach a team that's urgent, and they are urgent and the staff is urgent, as opposed to complacency, disinterest and entitlement. There's an urgency to correct this thing. Now the bottom line is to get it fixed. And I trust in our staff and our players we will get those things fixed."

The No. 4 Gators (1-0) host USF (1-0) on Saturday, and with the offensive debacle during an opening win over Miami (Ohio) the hottest topic, much of the focus is about moving on.

"We're just going to prepare like another week," QB John Brantley said. "We're going to prepare to win."

That preparation began about 11 a.m. Sunday when senior C Mike Pouncey summoned Brantley for an individual film and practice session, which included "a bunch" of snaps between the two. After botching four snaps (among eight fumbles in the game), Pouncey didn't want to waste time correcting the mistakes.

"We're just trying to clean up some stuff and make sure that doesn't happen again," Brantley said.

Generally coaches are able to be positive after a day of reviewing film, but Meyer didn't try.

"Obviously on film it looked the same way it looked in person," he said. "Our defense did make some good plays."

Howard honored: Junior DT Jaye Howard was SEC defensive lineman of the week, the league office said Monday.

Howard was in on 47 plays and had five tackles (three solo), including 21/2 sacks, in a 34-12 win. His first multi-sack performance resulted in a loss of 17 yards, and he anchored a line that allowed 4 yards on 22 carries.

Trouble at receiver: If you found it odd that several receivers were missing Saturday, including redshirt freshman Andre Debose, so did Meyer. Senior WRs Carl Moore and Deonte Thompson were in on nearly every play, prompting concern about the readiness of the rest of the group.

"That's the first time that's ever happened here at Florida," Meyer said. "You've got to get rotation in there. … Last week going into the game every backup was a freshman or true freshman, and we didn't feel they were ready to go, and that's not fair to the starters. So we have to get that fixed on offense."

Injury, suspension update: CB Moses Jenkins suffered a hyperextended left elbow Saturday and will miss at least six weeks. It's the latest setback for Jenkins, who suffered a concussion in the Kentucky game in September 2009 and missed the rest of the season. OL Xavier Nixon (knee) might return for Saturday's game. He had arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago. OL Matt Patchan (fractured right wrist) will not play, but suspended OL Carl Johnson will return, "if he does what he's supposed to do," Meyer said. S Will Hill is expected to return, and WR Frankie Hammond Jr. is eligible to play. Hill was suspended last week for unknown disciplinary reasons, while Hammond was kept out as punishment for his DUI arrest last summer.

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.

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