Meyer expects to keep Addazio as coordinator


Published: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 2:17 p.m.

Despite all the rumors and speculation surrounding the offensive coordinator's position at Florida, a change does not appear imminent.

During an Outback Bowl teleconference on Monday morning, Florida coach Urban Meyer reiterated what he said three weeks ago — that for now, he anticipates Steve Addazio being the Gators' offensive coordinator next season.

"I am expecting that to happen," Meyer said. "I'll have further updates as we get closer to the (Jan. 1.) bowl game."

At this point, there is only one change in Meyer's staff after defensive line coach Dan McCarney resigned last week to accept the head coaching job at North Texas. Graduate assistant Tony Weaver will coach the defensive line for the bowl game against Penn State, so that's a position that likely won't be filled until the first of the year.

As for other possible changes on his staff, Meyer said he is still early in the evaluation process of his assistant coaches and is not ready to make any decisions or moves.

"So much happens," Meyer said. "At this time, I can't make any statements. There is so much going on with the profession right now."

Meyer said Monday that the offense will be tweaked for the bowl game, and the changes will be noticeable.

"It doesn't matter what offense you run if you lay the ball on the ground," he said. "You'll see some changes. Any time you have time, like we did in the bye week before Georgia, you can make changes.

"We're going to do the best we can to move the ball against one of the traditionally strong defenses in the country. Certainly, you'll see some changes."

Meyer said he and the offensive coaches are in the early stages of trying to determine what those changes will be.

The Gators could go with the three-quarterback rotation they used the last half of the season, or perhaps move away from that and possibly go with one quarterback, or just two.

"The next two weeks are critical," Meyer said. "We don't know exactly what we'll do in the bowl game.

"Jordan Reed still hasn't practiced. John Brantley is going to keep working on improving. Trey Burton is going to keep trying to improve. We'll do our best to move the ball against a fine defense. At this point, I don't know what it (the quarterback situation) is, but that's what we're going to be working on."

What the Gators decide to do on offense could be determined by the status of Reed, who sustained a serious concussion in the loss to Florida State two weeks ago. Reed has not been cleared to practice yet, but Meyer said he is doing well and feeling well, and he expects Reed to be ready for the bowl game.

"I don't believe (there's a chance he could miss the game)," Meyer said. "I saw him this morning and he said he's feeling great. He's looking really good. I'll update you later."

One key offensive player who apparently isn't doing much better is starting tailback Jeff Demps, who has been limited most of the season by a painful stress reaction in his foot. He has played only a handful of plays over the last eight games of the season.

"I'm hoping, like Gator Nation is (that he can play)," Meyer said. "He's still in a (protective) boot and hasn't practiced. We'll update as he goes."

Two potential starting defensive tackles — Terron Sanders and Lawrence Marsh — also are questionable for the bowl game. Sanders had minor shoulder surgery following the FSU game, while Marsh is recovering from a torn labrum in his hip.

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