Athens — Florida coach Urban Meyer made a confession on the SEC coaches’ teleconference this week: He once was an avid Georgia football fan.
“I was a Herschel Walker fan, like nuts about him, when I grew up,” Meyer said. “He was [at Georgia] right at the point I was in high school [in Ohio], and I was actually a huge Georgia Bulldog fan because of Herschel Walker.”
As you’ve probably heard, Meyer’s quarterback, Tim Tebow, is one rushing touchdown shy of matching Walker’s SEC career record of 49, achieved in 1980-82. Tebow could be in position to tie or break the record against Walker’s old team next week — unless he does both against Mississippi State on Saturday night.
Said Meyer: “Since my era was Herschel Walker, [I'm] a little bit –- and I don’t want to say it too publicly –- in awe of here’s Tim Tebow, a guy I get to see every day, and you mention him in a rushing record [with] Herschel Walker. That’s pretty powerful.”
Couple of other notes:
– A.J. Green said he was “surprised” that the SEC this week suspended the officiating crew that incorrectly called an excessive-celebration penalty against him late in the Georgia-LSU game. The suspension came after the SEC found that the same crew incorrectly called a personal-foul penalty against Arkansas late in last week’s loss to Florida. Asked after practice Thursday if he finds any vindication in the league action, Green said: “No, not really. Just take it as it comes. . . . It didn’t give us the win.”
– After a 6 a.m. weight-lifting session and classes Friday, Georgia’s players will be off until reconvening at 6 p.m. Sunday. They’ll practice in full pads Sunday night to finish installing the Florida game plan.