Notebook: Gators may use wildcat formation

Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.

Even before quarterback Tim Tebow was cleared to practice Tuesday, Florida running backs coach Kenny Carter was leaning toward seeing the All-American under center Saturday night.

“It’s rather presumptive to think that Tim’s not playing,” Carter said after Monday’s practice. “He may be playing.”

“All I know is he’s Tim Tebow. My money’s on him.”

With Tebow’s status uncertain the past week, Carter said he didn’t change much in how he worked his running backs in practice.

If Tebow isn’t cleared to play when No. 1 Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) travels to No. 4 LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC), Carter said he expects to see the same amount of production from the running backs as if Tebow were in.

But who gets the ball in short-yardage situations if Tebow is on the sideline? Carter said he won’t know until Saturday night.

“If it’s Emmanuel (Moody) that gets the call, we think he’ll be able to get it done. If the other guys get the call, they’ll be able to get it done,” Carter said.

One thing that could pose a threat to LSU’s defense is the occasional wild cat formation Florida’s staff could use.

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday a couple players could get direct snaps against the Tigers. Tuesday, Meyer said tight end Aaron Hernandez , running back Jeff Demps and wide receiver Brandon James could all line up to take snaps.

Carter said the staff worked with wild cat-like packages before Tebow’s injury. However, he wouldn’t delve into who else might get snaps or when the package might be used.

“We’d give away too much on that one,” he said.

Injury update

Meyer said Tuesday cornerback Moses Jenkins (concussion) didn’t practice Monday and is still behind Tebow in his recovery.

Defensive lineman Lawrence Marsh (ankle) participated “half practice” Tuesday and is progressing, Meyer said.

“We’re pushing (Marsh) today,” Meyer said.

Defensive lineman Brandon Antwine (shoulder) was limited in practice, Meyer said, but could practice in full today.

Meyer said safety Dorian Munroe (knee) could be ready to practice in a week.

Receiver Carl Moore and cornerback Jeremy Brown continue to rehab their back injuries. Meyer said Brown was running around at practice Tuesday, while Moore still “(has) a ways to go.”

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