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Getting to Atlanta on everyone's mind; Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer talks up Troy

GAINESVILLE -- So, everyone knows how UF quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes said on Thursday they want to go undefeated this season, right? Well, on Friday it was a completely different tune. The goal was clear: "Get to Atlanta."

From back-up quarterback John Brantley to offensive tackles Matt Patchan and Carl Johnson to safety Major Wright, the message was the same. UF's goal in 2009 is to play for a Southeastern Conference Floridaposter championship. Moments before players spoke with reporters on Friday morning, UF coach Urban Meyer made a point to reiterate that goal to the team, so there wasn't any confusion among his players.

Smartly, Meyer took time on Friday to start talking up the Gators' second opponent, Troy. The Trojans of southeast Alabama are the favorites to win the Sun Belt conference. It could be a trap game for UF, considering UF plays Tennessee the next week.

[PICTURED, 2009 football poster. Surprisingly, no sign of SEC championship trophies.]

"The good thing is we're smart," Meyer said. "We're not dumb. Flip on the tape and [Troy] is beating LSU 31-10 in the second half. That team (Troy) has more pro prospects than some of the other teams we play."

If not for a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback in 2008, LSU would have lost to Troy in Baton Rouge. Troy went 8-5 last season, losing to Southern Miss 30-27 in the New Orleans Bowl.

-jo- 

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C'mon Jo, it's Troy!

Haden in the Wildcat??

The Florida Gators got the number one ranking Friday morning when the USAToday coaches poll came out, which is no surprise to anyone. Just because the Gators are ranked number one and as loaded from top to bottom of the roster as any team in the country doesn’t mean Urban Meyer doesn’t have a surprise or two up his sleeve, however. Following the Friday morning practice, Meyer indicated that he’s got a wildcat package in the works for cornerback Joe Haden, who is expected to have an All-SEC type of season.
Haden was a high school All-American quarterback and the state record holder for passing yardage in Maryland but he’s started at corner for 27 straight games since arriving at Florida in 2007. He’s considered one of the two or three best cover corners in the country but his speed and athletic ability has Meyer and the Florida coaching staff looking for ways to utilize all his talents.
“He’s down there taking snaps,” Meyer said after practice. “He was a high school quarterback. We thought about playing him some at receiver but there’s a chance [we’ll use him in a wildcat formation] … let people think about that for a little bit.”
Meyer said he got the idea of using Haden in some situations at quarterback early in the summer when Haden threw a football at him.
“We were out there screwing around at the beginning of summer and he threw me a football and that thing came at me with a tight spiral and hot,” Meyer said. “I said do that again. He did it again and ever since then he’s been talking to me and working with Scot (Loeffler). That’s a possibility.”

Coach Meyer has it straight. You have to play each game and pointed out the obvious:

"[Troy] is beating LSU 31-10 in the second half"

I don't want us looking past Anybody. That seems to be what we've done in the past each time we loose to a team we 'should have beaten'.

urban was watching college football live, i see.

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