Florida preparing to face both LSU's Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee
LSU's passing offense may be ranked No. 112 nationally, but don't even think about mentioning that to Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin or the Gator defensive players.
Florida is expecting a difficult task in facing LSU's two quarterback rotation of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee on Saturday night, and that's been a major focus of this week's preparations.
"It's like preparing for different guys,'' Austin said. "It'd be like preparing for our guys - maybe John and then Trey coming in the game. You have a couple different things you have to be ready for, and so we've been working on both things this week."
DT Terron Sanders said it's not safe to assume that Jefferson is just a running quarterback, while Lee is strictly a passer. And to fall into that trap could be costly.
"(Jefferson) can throw,'' Sanders said. "He’s not as accurate as (Lee), but he can definitely throw. So we can’t assume that he’s going to run the ball every play or he’ll hit us with a big play.''
Florida has 12 interceptions this season, so can the threat of the Gators' secondary force the two QB's to individually become one-dimensional?
"That is something that’s been a challenge, and they are definitely going to come out and use both of them,'' Sanders said. "I feel like as long as we contain (Jefferson) and cause (Lee) to throw, I feel like we can control the game.''
Austin said both are very talented, but there is a distinct difference between the two.
"Jefferson, he's really athletic, can run and he can break the pocket,'' Austin said. "He can break us down and make some plays that aren't there. So, consequently, you have to make sure when you rush you keep him corralled. When you go to tackle him, you have to put a body on him almost like a running back. Lee is more of a classic dropback passer, has god arm strength, has pretty good accuracy."
Preparing to defend the two quarterbacks may be complicated, but it's not that easy for the two guys playing the position either.
"You have to focus more because you never know when you are getting into the game,'' Lee said. "You've got to make the most of it, whether you are in there two plays, three plays or however. You have to make the most out of every opportunity."