All seniors named as captains

Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
On a football team top-heavy in seniors, the Gators could not decide on four or five captains for the season, so Florida is going to be captained by the entire senior class, UF coach Urban Meyer said Thursday.
"This is the first time we've done this," Meyer said. "The senior class are our captains. We'll have four or five each game week and I'll make the decision each week.
"We did a vote (among the players) and the vote was sprayed like you'd imagine when you have 20 seniors and a bunch of them are playing. So, we went with the senior class as the captains this year."

Freshman ready

Many members of UF's highly rated recruiting class passed another key test this week, showing through their practice performances in game week that they're ready to play in the opener, Meyer said.
One true freshman who is definitely ready is wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has been running with the No. 2 offense and also could return kicks Saturday night.
"They (the freshmen receivers) are good. They're game ready," Meyer said. "Percy is really game ready. Gator fans will see Percy Harvin a little bit."
Meyer said as many as 10 to 12 true freshmen could play in the opener.
"They've answered the bell this week," Meyer said. "I didn't see the tightness that you would expect out of a couple of freshmen."

OL good to go

Meyer said the offensive line, perhaps the biggest unknown heading into the season, continues to make progress.
"They're as ready as they've been," Meyer said. "We're ending on kind of a high note. They're making the right calls. (Center) Steve Rissler has done a great job keeping them all tied together.
"We're playing a (Southern Miss) defense that can give you a bunch of different looks. That center is a critical guy. If one half of the line is going one place and the other half another place, you've got an issue. Rissler's's done a good job."
Meyer said Rissler's strong play (and presence) has been a little surprising.
"I kept hearing he was a tough guy," Meyer said. "I always felt he was a quality person, I didn't see the great football player until this summer. I saw there is a chance that he could be really good.
"I think he's a better player than I gave him credit for early on. I think he's a really good player."
The starting offensive line will consist of Rissler at center, Drew Miller and Jim Tartt at guard and Phil Trautwein and Carlton Medder at tackle.
Meyer said Jason Watkins will be the first tackle off the bench and true freshman Maurice Hurt is the top backup at guard. Hurt missed two weeks of practice with a knee injury, but has been full go this week.

The walk

Gator walk will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the north end zone entrance of the stadium.

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