Notebook: Doe makes case
Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:40 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE — After missing a couple of games following a double sports hernia surgery, Gator outside linebacker Dustin Doe returned to action last week against Kentucky.
But it wasn't in his familiar starting role.
By playing inconsistently early in the season, Doe was on the verge of losing his job to Ryan Stamper when the injury struck. Then with Doe out, Stamper proved to the Florida coaching staff he should be a starter.
Now following Doe's performance in UF's 49-10 victory against Georgia, the competition may be open again.
"He was real emotional before the game," coach Urban Meyer said of Doe, who intercepted a pass and broke up two others. "He's in a fight right now.
"Dustin Doe wants to start."
After saying that, Meyer quickly pointed out Stamper, who recorded two tackles Saturday, also is playing like a starter. And, according to the coach, the depth to have those kind of position battles is what separates this year's team from last.
For his part Doe said he is just happy being a contributor.
"Stamper earned the job, and he's doing well," said Doe, an alum of Suwannee High School. "All I want is to be able to help the team."
"(Our togetherness) is as good as any team I've been on. The chemistry is like a couple of years ago (when we won the BCS championship). We might be closer." — senior long-snapper Butch Rowley, who recovered an onsides kick against the Bulldogs
"I didn't know what was going on. I was baffled. I watched the coach's press conference after the game and I thought it was blatantly disrespectful." — freshman safety Will Hill on Georgia's full-team celebration after scoring the first touchdown against the Gators last year
"We beat Kentucky, got in the locker room and celebrated about a minute. Then, it got real personal." — receiver Percy Harvin describing the sudden shift in emotions last week from happiness for beating UK to focusing on getting revenge against Georgia
"It's the only answer." — Meyer responding to whether winning was the best way to respond to Georgia's 2007 celebration
"Got to get to Atlanta. Got to get to Atlanta. Got to get to Atlanta." — Meyer, talking about the goal of reaching the SEC Championship Game
Meyer gets an assist in last Thursday's commitment to UF by elite basketball prospect Kenny Boynton of Plantation American Heritage. Meyer met with the combination guard when he visited Gainesville last weekend and helped sell him on the Gators. ... Four more members of the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame were inducted this year. On the Gator side was former receiver Willie Jackson, Jr. (also a P.K. Yonge alum) and tailback Fred Taylor, who makes his living in Jacksonville playing for the Jaguars. The Bulldogs' inductees were former receiver Gene Washington and quarterback Eric Zeier. ... Georgia outside linebacker Darius Dewberry injured his quadriceps in the first half and did not return. ... Tim Tebow's second-quarter rushing touchdown gave him 37 for his career and moved him past Emmitt Smith for the all-time Gator record. Tebow added a touchdown run in the third and another in the fourth quarter. ... Emmanuel Moody opened the second half at tailback for Florida, and despite not getting a carry in the first half, led UF with 71 rushing yards on seven carries. ... Joe Haden's 88-yard interception return in the third quarter is tied for the fourth longest in UF history. The last player to return an interception 88 yards for the Gators was Anthone Lott in 1994. ... Harvin now has caught at least one touchdown pass in six consecutive games. ... One bright spot for Georgia was split end Mohamed Massaquoi, who caught five passes for 112 yards. ... Despite the wide margin of victory, UF had just one more first down than Georgia (22 to 21). ... UF backup quarterback John Brantley threw a touchdown pass for the second straight week.
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