Notebook: Gators, Tide switch roles
Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.
Like Alabama last year, the seventh-ranked Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) enter Saturday's game with hurt feelings. Then No. 1 Florida was routed by the second-ranked Tide 32-13 in the SEC Championship Game, after falling to the Gators in similar circumstances the year before.
Florida senior offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert said he's had Saturday on his mind since last year's loss and enjoys the excitement that's evolved in this series.
"If you go though the history with the past games we played with them, its been kind of back-and-forth and good battles," Gilbert said. "It'll be another good battle and I'm looking forward to it."
Florida coach Urban Meyer downplayed the revenge factor Monday, but his team hasn't forgotten last year's debacle, especially defensive players.
Senior defensive end Duke Lemmens could only hang his head when asked about his lasting impression of last year's loss. He quickly admitted there's some added intensity going into this week's preparation for Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC).
"It's not just another week, of course, it's the biggest game of the year," Lemmens said.
Gilbert's permanent move
Spending most of his career as a right tackle, Gilbert will end his Gator career protecting quarterback John Brantley's blind side at left tackle.
Gilbert started at left tackle in place of an injured Xavier Nixon for the first two games, but moved back to the right side at Tennessee. He returned to the left against Kentucky and said Tuesday he'll stay there for the remainder of the season.
"I think it was a good challenge and I took a good approach and did pretty well," he said.
Demps and Rainey updates
As of Tuesday morning, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio had not seen junior running back Jeff Demps, whose left foot was placed in a boot after spraining it against Kentucky. Addazio said he was unsure if Demps was out of the boot, but expects him to play Saturday.
If Demps isn't fully healthy, Addazio is confident his other running backs will be just as effective.
"Obviously, he's a great player, but Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody will ramp it up," he said. "They're going to run, we're going to roll and Jeff will be ready to roll."
Even though junior receiver Chris Rainey had his third-degree felony stalking charge reduced to a misdemeanor Monday, Addazio was unsure if he would return to Florida's team.
"I don't know anything about that, honestly," he said.