Urban Meyer plans to make sure his Florida players are focused on this week's SEC Championship Game, but he has no intention of pretending this is just another game.
"We're going to prepare extremely hard, but I want our guys to be rewarded," Meyer said. "To be the elite team in an elite league, that's a heck of an achievement. I think the mistake would be to treat this as another week. We're extremely proud. I can't tell you how proud we are."
No. 4 Florida (11-1) plays No. 9 Arkansas (10-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Gators are competing for the league title for the first time since 2000, and Meyer plans to make sure the players know how special that makes them.
LEAK HONORED: Quarterback Chris Leak was named the SEC co-offensive player of the week Monday. Leak was 21-of-34 for 283 yards and two touchdowns. On the Gators' winning drive, Leak connected on 7 of 8 passes for 79 yards with a 25-yard TD pass to Dallas Baker, his third winning fourth-quarter drive of the season. Leak shared the league honor with Arkansas running back Darren McFadden.
INJURY UPDATE: Freshman receiver Percy Harvin (neck) is expected to return to practice today and likely will practice with no contact this week. Safety Reggie Nelson (concussion) is fine. Linebacker Earl Everett (sprained right ankle) will wear a boot this week, as will offensive lineman Drew Miller, but both are expected to play. Senior running back DeShawn Wynn (right shoulder) remains questionable, Meyer said. But Wynn seems to be reporting otherwise.
"I talked to DeShawn, and he said he should be good to go," Leak said Monday.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
FSU: Jeff Bowden staying through bowl
Jeff Bowden, who said a few weeks ago he would resign as the Seminoles' offensive coordinator/ receivers coach after the Florida game, will stay on through the team's bowl game. After discussing the issue with athletic director Dave Hart, coach Bobby Bowden said "we're okay" and is happy and relieved he can maintain continuity in the postseason.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer
ACC'S TOP PLAYERS: Hurricanes tight end Greg Olsen made the first-team offense, and Hurricanes defensive end Calais Campbell and Seminoles linebacker Buster Davis were chosen for the first-team defense.
The second-team offense included Seminoles receiver Greg Carr, and the second-team defense had Hurricanes tackle Kareem Brown, Seminoles tackle Andre Fluellen and Hurricanes safeties Kenny Phillips and Brandon Meriweather.
CHAMPIONSHIP SUBREGIONAL IN GAINESVILLE: The College of Charleston and Arizona State face off at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by Florida against Florida A&M at 7:30 p.m.
The winners square off at 7 p.m. Friday.