Tim Tebow has found all sorts of extra motivation at Florida.
Florida State and LSU defenders vowed to take him down. Georgia players rushed the field to celebrate a touchdown. An Oklahoma cornerback said he would be the fourth-best quarterback in the Big 12. Tebow brushed aside their comments, then did the same to them.
Think Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has Tebow's attention?
"I don't like anyone talking about Coach (Urban) Meyer," Tebow said Monday. "I try to not let it affect me, although I always have Coach Meyer's back in anything because I know what type of person he is and I know what he believes in, I know what he stands for.
"But I don't think Coach Meyer worried about it too much. I think we kind of dropped it or moved past it."
G James Wilson said Sunday that Kiffin's comments were the talk of the team, and OT Matt Patchan called Kiffin a "bozo" last month.
"That's not going to add anything or detract anything from our rivalry, how intense the game is or how big of a game it will be for me," said Tebow, the SEC offensive player of the week after accounting for five touchdowns against Troy.
Among other SEC honors: LSU's Rahim Alem and Georgia's Brandon Boykin and Clint Boling.
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FSU: TE honored
TALLAHASSEE- TE Caz Piurowski of Land O'Lakes was among the ACC players of the week, honored for his play in Saturday's rally past Jacksonville State.
Others honored included Wake Forest's Riley Skinner, Clemson's Kyle Parker, Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan and Scott Blair and Duke's Leon Wright.
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UM: Moncur to play
CORAL GABLES - Miami DE Eric Moncur plans to play Thursday against Georgia Tech.
The sixth-year senior missed the opening win at FSU with a groin injury but has participated fully in practice in recent days. He also missed much of last season with a torn abdominal muscle.
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FAMU: Band plays on
When Florida A&M last played at Miami in 2006, many fans left after the Rattlers' famed "Marching 100" band performed at halftime.
Those fans might want to stick around when the teams meet again Oct. 10.
Not only will the FAMU band play at halftime, the acclaimed group will have a 15-minute concert at Land Shark Stadium after the game. The unusual arrangement was announced Monday by Miami officials.
The "Marching 100" has played over the years at the Olympics, presidential inaugurations - including Barack Obama's in January - and Bastille Day celebrations in France.