Florida players defend Meyer's outburst

Several Florida players came to the defense of Urban Meyer on Friday after the head coach ripped a reporter at the conclusion of a recent practice.

"Coach has our back," quarterback John Brantley told the Associated Press. "That's what you want to see out of your coaches. We trust our coaches and they trust us, and that's what we want to see."

Meyer confronted Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler after practice on Wednesday in regards to a quote Fowler published that was made by Florida wide receiver Deonte Thompson.

During a recent interview, Fowler asked Thompson about the difference between former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow and Brantley. Thompson responded, “You never know with Tim. You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

The media—including myself—ran with the story since we all know at this point that any mention of Tebow is of interest to football fans across the country.

Since Meyer was none to pleased about seeing one of his players vilified in the media, he decided to let Fowler know about it.

Here’s the video of the recent confrontation.

While Meyer certainly could have addressed this situation differently—perhaps by speaking with Fowler in private—the head coach did what any good leader would do.

He came to the defense of his players.

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