FOOTBALL: Faster than the Vols

Whether it was a dig at the Vols, you know another Florida coach was famous for those, or a genuine compliment to this week’s opponent, Gators coach Urban Meyer had an interesting take on Ole Miss on the SEC teleconference earlier today.

“They have great, great speed, which we witnessed a year ago. We have great respect for their players. They’re much faster than the team we just played, especially out wide. That’s alarming,” Meyer said.

No. 4 Florida won 30-6 at Tennessee last year. The Vols aren’t typically short on wheels.

Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams was 18-for-31 for 302 yards with only one interception against Florida in a 30-24 Ole Miss loss in Oxford last season.

Adams threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to Shay Hodge and 77 yards to Mike Wallace, both late in the third quarter, as the Rebels trailed 27-24 going to the fourth.

Florida went on to finish last in the SEC in pass defense with 258.5 yards a game allowed.

Presently, the Gators are third, allowing 140.7 yards a game.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt thought Meyer may have been too quick to praise the Rebels’ speed.

“We’re not as fast as Florida. They’re deep and fast at every position,” Nutt said. “Maybe what Urban is talking about is seeing guys like Mike Wallace and Dexter McCluster on film. Those guys do jump out at you … right off the screen.”

Nutt said he wants to increase speed at tailback and cornerback with his next recruiting class.

— PA


4 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Faster than the Vols”

  1. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Outstanding performance by Rebel QB Seth Adams last season against the Gators; score (30-24). Look for another outstanding performance in Saturday’s game against the Gators by Rebel QB Snead. My predictions is 31 Rebs 28 Gators.

  2. oxfordrebel Says:

    wow JB, you must’ve gotten a hold of some bad grouper last night, I think it’s playing with your mind 🙂

    Nah, I hope you’re right, I just don’t see it happening though. I think if our secondary can play the game of their lives we might keep it close, but UF is on a quest for a national title this year and they won’t let us get in the way. I hope we keep it within a touchdown, that would make me proud.

  3. va reb Says:

    Believe Myer may be pulling a Bear Bryant…no way can we can match Florida’s speed. But if you’re on your butt you can’t run! Maybe Catfish Powe can lay some folks out.

  4. Bruce Says:

    “Believe Myer may be pulling a Bear Bryant…no way can we can match Florida’s speed.”

    We are faster than TN on offense, though.

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