Tuesday January 6, 2009Football Participates In FedEx BCS National Championship Media Day
The University of Florida football coaches and players met with members of the local, national and international media at the FedEx BCS National Championship Media Day on Monday at Dolphin Stadium.
HEAD COACH URBAN MEYER
On the turnover margin (UF is # 2 OU is #1):
Itís like the Alabama game. If youíre a young coach, everyone likes to talk about the spread offenses, thereís a reason why these two teams are playing for it. Thatís a big part of why we are here.
On matching up with Oklahoma:
This team has a lot of speed. Our game plan is to get our guy in position so they can make the tackle. But for Percy and our other guys itís not going to be easy because they have great speed on defense.†
QB TIM TEBOW
On where his leadership abilities came from:
I think, naturally when I was young I was very competitive. When I was four or five I was playing football. My parents and especially my dad has taught me to lead by example and not getting frustrated by people but encouraging them.† Being extremely positive has really helped me and been the biggest influence in being a leader. Everybody in my family is extremely competitive you should se us play Monopoly or Risk around the Christmas tree during the holidays.
On UF and Oklahoma having the fewest turnovers in the country:
I think it goes along with fundamentals and how youíre taught. How much your coaches preach. Winning the turnover battle usually predicts who wins the game.
On his general thoughts of the game:
The keys to winning are probably winning the turnover battle. We have to go out there and execute and manage and win the turnover battle. I think weíre going up against a great defense so weíre going to have to execute. We really respect Coach Stoops and the defense and they will do some nice stuff against us so we have to be ready to play for 60 minutes.
On his legacy at UF:
I hope that they think of me as someone who cared about the university, as someone who wanted to make this team as good as possible and someone who gave everything he had.
LB BRANDON SPIKES
On stopping the run against Oklahoma:
We have a gap scheme. Weíre just going to take the whole front seven and get in the gaps. It should go perfect.† Right after the SEC game we had a meeting and got right into it so we pretty much know what they are going to try to do.
On if he is enjoying South Florida:
Itís a great, beautiful place. We are having a good time but we are still on a business trip. The older guys here on 06 are just keeping the guys out of trouble and reminding them what we are here for. We just tell the guys to be smart and not to go any bad places.
DB JOE HADEN
On Oklahoma receivers having to watch out in the middle of the field for Major Wright.
Itís definitely intimidating. Sometimes I even have to watch out. I know that has to be in the back of their heads because Major will come at you with a lot of speed.
On the help from freshman Janoris Jenkins:
Jamoris has really been a big help to the defense. He just came in so mature, ready to learn, really knowing how to play the cornerback position. Heís ahead of his years at the cornerback position.† Both of us can alternate because he can blitz and do coverage.
WR LOUIS MURPHY
On the competitiveness between the Florida running backs:
It can get very competitive. Even when it comes down to getting to the Gatorade.† Especially in the drills over the summer we have 10, 20 or 30 hour races. We race all the time and we mark down whoís winning at those days. Usually Percy is winning in the beginning then I will come in or Rainey will come in. Iím the fastest guy on the team. (laughs)
RB/WR PERCY HARVIN
On missing the contact in practice:
I like the contact and the grittiness of it. I definitely miss it. Iím probably one of the most excited players to get back on this field.
On what he brings back to the team:
Just another dangerous weapon. I think a lot of times when you line up thereís a lot of double coverage and I can† help get Louis Murphy or Riley Cooper get some one-on-ones that great because thereís not enough defensive players to cover all the speed.
On what Tim Tebow does off the field:
Heís almost like the ambassador. We make jokes that he is like the Governor of Florida. I donít think there will be another person to be as involved as Tebow. Heís just enjoying it and thatís how he is.