Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Tigers won't overlook Gators despite their recent struggle
Auburn coach Gene Chizik is well aware of the fact that Florida has lost two straight games and is entering Saturday's game with two freshmen quarterbacks, but Chizik said there's no way he'll allow his team, which has had its own struggles this season, to overlook Florida because of its recent problems.
“They won’t look at the score when they watch the cut ups,'' Chizik said. "They’ll see the talent and the speed on both sides of the ball, special teams - they’ll see all that. They won’t have to look at the scoreboard. They’ll know when they see the first time they pop in the film, which they already have, they’ll know what they’re up against. It’s a lot of talent.”
Florida and Auburn will meet Saturday night at Jordan Hare Stadium with both teams looking to rebound from losses.
Chizik said even with Florida's lack of experience at quarterback (starter John Brantley will miss his second straight game) the Gators still pose a serious threat offensively - particularly with its speed in the running game with Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps.
“It's a huge challenge, huge challenge for us defensively,'' Chizik said about the Gators' speed. "Here’s the thing about this offense: regardless of who is at quarterback, they’ve got incredible speed at their tight end and wide out positions and their tailback position. They’ve got a lot of flexibility in what they do offensively in terms of being able to bring different guys in there, being able to play some wildcat, being able to have a couple of different guys play some wildcat. With their running backs, if they break a run, it’s hard to catch them, and to be honest with you, nobody really has. If they break any type of check downs, meaning the quarterback is back, he doesn’t have anything, he dumps the ball and he hits their tailbacks on a check downs against Tennessee I think that went about 70 yards for a touchdown. They have incredible speed in the open field, very elusive in terms of being able to make cuts and see things happen and hit those creases in there, so our number one goal, run defense-wise, is to make sure we limit the big plays. Again, that’s what happened (last) Saturday (against Arkansas) that we’re not happy with. We were playing good run defense, good run defense, good run defense, 92-yard touchdown. We can’t win this week with that happening.”