Looking Ahead to the Noles

Urban Meyer

For Florida head coach Urban Meyer, every week is a big week, but the upcoming two weeks he's called the biggest two week's in the program's history. After Florida State's big win last night in Maryland, this might be the toughest Noles' team the Gators have faced under Meyer. He talked about the School Out West during his Sunday teleconference.

On people beginning to take notice of FSU...
"I think especially on offense. I think they've always had it on defense because they're one of the top ten teams in the country for defense.

On being prepared for a tight game early...
"It's very much a concern. I think the best thing we can do is make practices very difficult so they're facing adversity every Tuesday, and a lot of practice on Wednesday. You hope you have some high character guys."

On this being the most important two weeks...
"It's different because it's now. I'm sure I'll say the same thing next year. We have to get away from the two weeks thing because this is the most important week in the history of our program. It's all relative, we've only been here four years."

On FSU defensive end Everette Brown...
"We think he's a high NFL pick. A lot of people talk about him. We've faced some good ends before, and I don't know how high he ranks. I'd have to say it's the top one or two we've faced all year, so that tells you what kind of challenge we face."

On if this is how he envisioned the Gator running backs to look in this offense...
"When we put together the offense 7-8 years ago, there were principles to the offense that always hold true. For instance, we always protect the quarterback's back side so if there is ever a hot read or throw it's in his face. We always secure the A-gap. That means there's protection principles built in. We're never going to allow penetration in our passing game.

"In our run game because we're always running from spread formation sets, we always take care of the first level defense. We try to get our players to the second level. It's a little different to the traditional sets because they block and go. We're always going to adjust our look to the scheme we see. Our whole run philosophy is to block to the scheme and get our runners to the second level."

On Florida winning the last two in Tallahassee...
"That was an inferno two years ago. I think it was 21-14 at the end of the day, but it was 14-14 for a while. We played well on defense, but did not play well on offense, but they played well on defense as well. We'll throw everything out the window. I don't think there will be discussions of national titles and Alabama. There will be discussions about a team that's one of the most improved in the nation and playing very well."

On the injury status of Matt Patchan and Lawrence Marsh...
"Patchan is out. He's got an MCL sprain that's going to take some time to heal. Marsh has an MCL sprain as well and he's questionable. Matt's is a lot more sever than Marsh's."

On doing any politicking for the BCS title game...
"I can't stand that stuff. ESPN, their whole program is devoted to that. There's all the talk about the one-loss teams, and you can't help not listen to it. You won't here any politicking from the University of Florida. We've got our hands full this week against a very talented team."

On the play of Deonte Thompson...
"His attitude is phenomenal. What happens at Florida is you see guys transfer and whine and quit. Deonte certainly could have been one of those guys. He was a highly regarded guy coming in here. He's a very talented player. He just needed to get cleaned up on technique and he's done that. Great things happen to guys that work. We've had people pick up and leave here, and he made the decision to stay and work hard."

On Jonathan Phillips not kicking a field goal in the last five games...
"We practice it every day, every week. Giving him game reps is a lot different though. He's a senior who should be ready to go. It's hard to simulate that though."

On the Oklahoma/Texas Tech game...
"I watched every snap of FSU and Maryland. I was very impressed by Oklahoma against Texas Tech. I did watch some of that."

On recovering from an early mistake in a game...
"We've done that before. What do you tell your team? You correct it and move on. There's no secret formula. You have to play 60 minutes because a lot of games are won and loss in the second half. What you can't do is let one mistake lead to two and lead to three because that's when a game can get out of hand. We'll adjust our play calling a little bit because things have a tendency to snowball."

On the status of Cameron Newton...
"I don't know. It's out of our hands. As far as the team, he's suspended until I don't know. He's no longer part of the team right now."

On his role in playcalling...
"I had a very good coordinator at Bowling Green named Gregg Brandon who is now the head coach there. He was very active and was a playcaller. I was a suggester. When we went to Utah, I was very involved in the beginning, but as it evolved, Mike Sanford and Dan Mullen took it over. Every play goes through me. When Dan and I first got here, we worked together, but he's the playcaller. I'll give suggestions, but the good thing about Dan and the rest of our staff is that most of the plays are called through series. Our staff all clicks on and they script every series."

On giving suggestions leading up to bigger games and being overridden...
"There's no chance to override me. I have great confidence in our coaches. When our offensive line coach says I want this call, we've been together for so long, I know why and what he's looking for. The chemistry on our offensive staff is unbelievable."

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