Ganther: Meyer wouldn't do well in NFL
The speculation that Urban Meyer could follow Steve Spurrier's path from Gainesville, Fla., to Ashburn is surprising. Numerous reports are saying Meyer's unexpected departure from the University of Florida is, in fact, health-related. But even if it wasn't, Meyer has always been a college coach and never expressed any interest in coaching in the pros.
Besides, if you trust the words of one of his former players, Meyer wouldn't be a good fit in the NFL. Running back Quinton Ganther is the only player on the Redskins' roster who played under Meyer. Meyer recruited Ganther out of Citrus College outside of Los Angeles to the University of Utah, where Meyer, Ganther and quarterback Alex Smith helped the Utes post an undefeated season and become the first non-BCS team to play in a BCS bowl game.
"No matter where he goes, he's going to win," Ganther said of Meyer. "That's just the mentality he has. He could never coach in the NFL because he likes too much structure, too much power. You can't do that to these grown men who are making millions of dollars. But in college, he can do that."
Ganther made his comments last week, before Meyer stepped down from the Gators' coaching job on Saturday evening.
Ganther is the subject of a profile in Sunday's Post, in which the Redskins' starting running back -- the team's fourth of the season -- opens up and shares the details of his path to the NFL and his unexpected spot in the Redskins' backfield. It wasn't easy to escape Richmond, Calif., where both of his parents were involved in drugs, his father was locked up for most of Ganther's childhood, and Ganther himself put money in his pocket by selling marijuana in high school. But Ganther made it, and Meyer is one of many people he credits.
Meyer showed up -- in-person -- at Citrus and offered Ganther a scholarship. At the time, Ganther says he couldn't even spot Utah on a map. (He laughs now, well aware that it's next-door to California.) Washington State was also hot after Ganther, but Meyer convinced him to play football in the Mountain West Conference.
"He's a firecracker. He makes you want to play for him," Ganther said of Meyer. "He has you thinking you can run through the wall. He just gets you excited."
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