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Monday November 1, 2010Urban Meyer and Players Meet with Media to Preview Vanderbilt Game; Watch Now

Gainesville, Fla.

Head coach Urban Meyer and several members of the Gator Football team met with the media on Monday to recap the thrilling win over Georgia, preparations for this week’s game at Vanderbilt, and more.

 

GatorVision was at today’s Media Day session and has the full press conferences available for viewing now.

 

Head Coach Urban Meyer - WATCH NOW

 

On how hard it was when everyone doubted the team, and what it was like to hold onto your core values:

“It was miserable. However, the best time of the day was (practice). The 22 other hours were miserable. The two hours (on the field) weren’t miserable because we had guys that weren’t resistant, that weren’t defiant and they were working. That’s where you got to take your hat off to guys like Mike Pouncey, Johnny, Trey Burton, (Chris) Rainey, (Jeff) Demps. Just seeing the energy out there and Deonte (Thompson). There is no shortage of good dudes in this program. There might be a shortage of some other things, but there is no shortage of that. The 22 hours of miserable days were only made possible by that two hours of everybody on a mission to get a little better.”

 

Junior QB John Brantley - WATCH NOW

 

On lining up in the slot and moving to quarterback before the snap:

“It’s just trying to confuse the defense. They game plan for Trey (Burton) being at quarterback and myself being at quarterback. When they see Trey back there and myself out, they are going to call defense for him, and when I come back in it just causes a little confusion for them. That’s what we’re trying to do, just cause a little confusion for them and not let them be able to make their checks.”

 

On the utilization of Trey Burton helping open up the running game:

“That’s what we’ve realized. We do that really well. We run the option really well. That’s what we have done really well here for the past few years, and we wanted to get that back in the system. If that means we put someone else back there to run it, then by all means let’s do it. That’s what has been successful, and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.”

 

Senior S Ahmad Black - WATCH NOW

 

On talking to every player on the sidelines during the Georgia game:

“Just making sure everybody stayed composed. There was a lot going on. We gave up some big plays in the second half, so I just wanted to make sure everybody stayed composed. The young guys we have, we needed them to stay composed to finish the game out. I didn’t want anyone to get rattled, just make sure they had their head on straight.”

 

Senior OL Mike Pouncey - WATCH NOW

 

On what the mood is like after that win:

“All smiles. We really appreciated the win. We’re back to work. We have to practice tomorrow, but we are taking this day off to enjoy our win at Florida, man. It’s been a long time since we enjoyed one, and we are going to enjoy this one until tomorrow.”

 

Senior LB Brandon HicksWATCH NOW

 

On the difference between the defense now and earlier in the season:

“Team chemistry. I feel that we are more together now than we were at the beginning of the season. Looking from the outside in, it seems like, ‘Oh yeah, you guys played better defense at the beginning of the season.’ But it depends because you always change your scheme up for different teams, and they do the same thing, as well. Sometimes we don’t execute as well as we did the week before or the week that we are going up against. It’s all about how we approach the game as a whole defense.”

 

Freshman QB Trey BurtonWATCH NOW

 

On what it means to him to be having success so early in his career:

“It means a lot. Like I told you before I am really blessed and thankful for my family, my former coaches and my coaches now. it means a lot to me.”

 

On the hurry-up offense and what it does to the opponent’s defense:

“It’s awesome. It’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done on offense. We try to snap the ball as fast as we can, and it wears the defense down, as you guys can see. The first quarter they were done. They were about to tap out after a while, and we did a really good job with the offense. The offensive line, I can’t say enough about them. They are unbelievable, working really hard and it is really tough for them having to get up and get down and hitting somebody every play. You have to give all the credit to them.”

 

Junior RB Jeff DempsWATCH NOW

 

On being limited while the team lost three games:

“It’s been tough. At times, I’ve gotten frustrated. But at the same time, I have to stay positive and keep my teammates going. At the same time, they’ve got to keep me going.”

 

On who keeps the team up:

“Just all the leaders: Mike Pouncey, Justin Trattou, Lawrence Marsh, I could just go down the line. Mainly, all the seniors and leaders. They’re just staying positive and letting the team know that you’ve got to stay focused and that you may lose some here and there, but the best teams go through adversity, and they’ve handled it well. That’s what we’re trying to do, and the leaders are doing a great job of doing that.”

 

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