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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 23 Florida has a history of sleepwalking through early games.Noon kicks were a near-costly issue for coach Jim McElwain last season, continuing a trend that caused similar problems for former coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp in Gainesville.So McElwain has the Gators (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) on high alert heading into Saturdays early riser (11 a.m. CDT) at Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1).There really isnt an excuse, McElwain said. I think its a responsibility to get yourself up and ready to go.Maybe so, but Florida floundered in games that began around lunchtime last season. Although the Gators won all three early starts, there was nothing pretty about the victories. They often looked more like a Saturday morning cartoon than an SEC contender.Florida trailed the Commodores 7-6 through much of the fourth quarter, until Austin Hardin bailed the Gators out with a 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining.The Gators werent much better the following week. They led South Carolina, one of the leagues worst teams, 14-0 at halftime and ended up winning by 10. They had an even closer call a week later, when they failed to score in the first half and needed overtime to put away Florida Atlantic.Early morning, safety Marcus Maye said, shaking his head. Its like you roll out of bed and you got to get ready to play. You got to have the mindset of `we got to start early, start fast. Im pretty sure well have to wake up early all week just to get used to it. Noon games, you just got to start fast, wake up and get ready to go.McElwain is getting his players up earlier than usual this week -- starting them with meetings, lifts and maybe even coffee -- in hopes of having them better prepared for Nashville.Florida has another noon EDT start next week against LSU, and McElwain said its the spot theyre in partly because theyve lost four of their last seven games and squandered a chance to move up the leagues television pecking order.We put ourselves in position to play at noon, McElwain said. Hows that? So we better get used to it.The Gators have been trying and struggling for years to get acclimated to early starts. Since 2005, they are 29-8 in regular season games that started between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. But that record doesnt truly illustrate the scope of Floridas early game offerings.During Floridas national title run in 2006, the Gators escaped Nashville with a 25-19 victory. Two years later -- during another championship season -- they were stunned at home by Mississippi.More recently, teams like Miami (Ohio), Furman, Missouri, Louisiana, Jacksonville State and Toledo gave Florida fits in the daytime.One of the things you do is you learn from the past, you learn from history and realize that what you do now actually is going to be a precursor to the future, McElwain said. When you look at our track record, I dont know what it is with noon starts a year ago. ... None of those results were very good. So lets talk about the obvious.The obvious is the Gators need to be better, especially coming off a 38-28 loss to the Volunteers in which Tennessee scored 38 straight points in the second half.Ive heard of some of the struggles maybe last year playing at noon, said Austin Appleby, a former Purdue quarterback who will make his second straight start in place of injured Luke Del Rio. We havent had the best of luck getting up and getting going. 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