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Grueling summer awaits Florida Gators

Meyer: 'We're going to make it so hard that they have a hard time picking up the Street & Smith magazine telling them how good they are.'

GAINESVILLE -- So, we've already projected the depth charts for two-a-days, and we've already handed out awards for spring football. We've even set the scene for a season of expectations unlike anything since Steve Spurrier was in town. What's left? A look to the future, perhaps?

That was the theme on Saturday during the spring game. You can read all about it right here. CLICK ME! As for the immediate future -- as in the next couple of months -- the summer is almost here but that doesn't mean it's vacation time for the football players.

The team is flying to Washington D.C. on Thursday to meet President Obama per tradition for the current national college football champion. The Gators met with President Bush after the 2006 championship. After a photo op with President Obama, it's back to business.

The coaching staff will be taking a break for a couple months but the players are staying put in Gainesville until two-a-days. The next step in the Gators' offseason is a summer of grueling workouts designed by strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Staying on edge, as quarterback Tim Tebow puts it, will be the focus this summer and the responsibility of UF's upperclassmen.

"What made us a good team was keeping that edge and wanting to win and go out there and fight and dominate teams," Tebow said. "I think we'll keep that because we have good senior leadership that's going to make guys go out there and press in the summer and get better without the coaches."

The Gators are good and the Gators know it. For Florida coach Urban Meyer, this upcoming season is the reason why he came to Florida -- to put together a team for the ages.

"If we didn't have all those minor dings, then we would have had a helluva team jog out there today," Meyer said on Saturday after the spring game. "What did we envision? This is it. This is where we want to be."

Meyer said on Saturday that his strength and conditioning staff will work the team so hard this summer that, at the end of each day, the Gators will be too tired to pick up a preseason football magazine and read their praises. UF is expected to be the nation's consensus preseason No.1.

"We just have to be careful and put the pedal to the metal," Meyer said. "We'll have the most difficult offseason Florida has ever had and then we'll have training camp and it will be the most difficult training camp they have ever gone through. If there is any resistance, then the guy is not playing. We've got this thing about right where you want it. Now we've just got to stay; keep recruiting our tails off; keep working."

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