Meyer: Gators have work to do
Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
There were plenty of positives that helped end Florida's three-game losing streak with the 34-31 OT win over Georgia on Saturday, but UF coach Urban Meyer said Monday there's plenty of work still to do.
"The plan to win: Play great defense. We're not playing great defense. ... It's third down and red zone. Third down was not good. We created turnovers, which is good," Meyer said at Monday's news conference at Florida. "We did much better taking care of the football. ... We had five explosive plays, which is back to somewhat of Florida. We're still not where we want to be.
"Lot of urgency, lot of positives, however that game is over but the urgency has not left."
Among other things, the win over Georgia was good for recruiting, Meyer said.
"I see the evolution of the game right now," Meyer said. "Florida has got as good an athlete as any team in America. It could be lethal. You just keep adding and adding."
Meyer also said tight end/quarterback Jordan Reed may throw the ball against Vanderbilt this Saturday.
"It's in. It's done. I'm giving you something maybe I shouldn't, but he will throw the ball next week," Meyer said. "So make sure they defend it. If you saw his high school film, he's a very good thrower. ... We have to move the ball in a very difficult climate, it's called the Southeastern Conference.
"Jordan Reed is earning his stripes around here. He didn't play a lot but he'll play more."
On the injury front, Meyer said "(Andre) Debose is looking decent. (Jaye) Howard is looking decent. (Matt) Patchan's not going to play this week."
Meyer also said freshman safety Jonathan Dowling is no longer a member of the team because he violated team rules.