Notebook: Obama pulling for Gators over Tide


Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 30, 2009 at 6:37 p.m.

Florida redshirt junior offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert, whose father, Jeff, is a U.S. Secret Service agent and protected Barack Obama during his two-year campaign for the presidency, said Monday that Obama is cheering on the Gators.

"He e-mails my Dad," Gilbert said. "They talk a lot.

"He's rooting for us all the way, like he did last year. Yeah, he definitely (wants the Gators to win)."

No "WildHaden"

Florida coach Urban Meyer killed the chance that junior cornerback Joe Haden would line up in a "Wildcat" formation. As enticing as it's been for Meyer, because of a "severe" lack of depth at corner, he decided against it.

"It is really tempting because he's a dynamic offensive player," Meyer said.

Haden said he practiced some in packages this season and ran it so well that it may have taken away from his time on defense.

"I think I looked too sweet. I think I might have been doing too good of a job," Haden said. "That's why they probably took it back out."

Ingram will play

Alabama coach Nick Saban said running back Mark Ingram's hip pointer shouldn't keep him out Saturday.

"I think he'll be fine," Saban said. "We don't think he has a significant problem."

Florida will have to contain Ingram without starting linebacker A.J. Jones (MCL sprain), but Meyer said he's confident starting junior Brandon Hicks.

Gators honored

Tebow was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Tebow completed 17-of-21 passes for 221 yards, with three touchdowns and 90 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns in Florida’s 37-10 win over Florida State on Saturday.

Pouncey was SEC Offensive Lineman of the week. He helped the Gators accumulate 545 yards of total offense.

Players of the game

Offense: Tebow and Jeff Demps

Defense: Brandon Hicks

Special Teams: Wondy Pierre-Louis and Will Hill

Etc.

Meyer said sophomore corner Janoris Jenkins (hip) is feeling better and should play Saturday. ... Junior running back Emmanuel Moody (ankle) is questionable Meyer said.

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