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Why Florida lost to Georgia and how to prevent it, according to Meyer

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer deflected questions today about Georgia's end-zone celebration on Monday during his weekly press conference. He did, however, offer a reason for last season's loss to the Georgia. The Bulldogs beat Florida 42-30.

"I think we lost that game because we didn't tackle very well," Meyer said. "We were very soft, very selfish outfit a year ago. And we didn't protect the quarterback and we dropped the ball twice. That's how we lost that game.

"That's why Tuesday and Wednesday were going to practice so hard. We're going to have really hard practices Tuesday and Wednesday and make sure those same things don't happen again."

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins did not practice on Sunday, a day after Florida coach Urban Meyer said Jenkins is probable for Saturday's game against Georgia despite a leg injury.

Jenkins limped off the practice field with an extensive wrap around his right leg. (It looked like it really hurt.) According to Meyer, Jenkins bruised his shin in the 63-5 win against Kentucky. Jenkins left the game in the first quarter and sat on the trainer's table for most of the first half. He stayed inside the Gators' football facility for the second half.

The good news here is that Jenkins' right knee wasn't wrapped and he wasn't using crutches. This means the trainers want him to use his leg to help with the recovery process.

While Florida has several veteran cornerbacks who could take Jenkins' place in the starting line-up against Georgia, the coaching staff would prefer to face Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with Jenkins on the edge. Cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis started last season against Georgia. He had and interception return for a touchdown (Anyone remember the flip?) and was this season's initial starter. Coaches benched him during the Tennessee game.

Here's a link to my story in today's paper: Publicly ignoring 2007 end-zone celebration doesn't mean Gators aren't thinking about it.



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