Meyer's seeking Alabama bedlam

Compiled From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published September 29, 2006

GAINESVILLE - Urban Meyer wants the Swamp rocking this weekend. After Alabama demolished the Gators last year in a loud Bryant-Denny Stadium, Meyer wants the Crimson Tide to go through the same hostile environment.

"We have to have that," Meyer said. "They got us last year. Certainly that wasn't the reason we were unsuccessful there, but that played a part.

"You're dealing with 18- and 19-year-olds, they have a young quarterback. It's a call to arms. Let's break some windows in that building over there."

ETC: Receiver Percy Harvin (high ankle sprain) practiced Thursday, but not at full speed. He has a chance to play, Meyer said. Meyer said freshman running back Brandon James and freshman Jarred Fayson may get more touches Saturday.

FSU: Needed healing

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida State bye week has given defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews a chance to do some teaching and let his players do some healing.

Andrews is dealing with a battered defensive line, and after the game with Rice he is slowly seeing some issues in the secondary.

"With bye weeks, the only reason you have them is to get guys a little healthier," Andrews said. "We have some (players) that are hurt and didn't practice."

With starter Tony Carter already out with a knee injury, Andrews said freshman backups Corey Mangum and Patrick Robinson sat out Thursday's practice due to nagging injuries. Couple that with demoting former starter J.R. Bryant, and Andrews has plenty of fresh faces in drills.

"We had walk-ons in the second group today," Andrews said. "Whoever is ready to play, we'll line up and play with them."

Linebackers coach Kevin Steele has made an addition with the subtraction of linebackers from his healthy personnel: A laminated card with daily practice plans.

"It's the only time in 26 years I've had to bring a linebacker depth chart to practice because of all the personnel groupings," he said.

Injuries to freshman Marcus Ball (torn ACL) and redshirt sophomore Jae Thaxton (concussion) have thinned the linebacking corps.

UM: Peattie praised

CORAL GABLES - The Hurricanes' practice had a lot of special teams work and repetitions on defense in preparation for Saturday's game against Houston.

Coach Larry Coker praised kicker Jon Peattie of Countryside: "Peattie has done a good job. We have been putting more pressure on him and giving him more opportunities under pressure situations."

The Hurricanes used last week's open date to heal injuries. Sophomore left tackle Reggie Youngblood, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, will play, Coker said.