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Gators aware of Missouri's ability to gain turnovers.



Fresh off a game in which it suffered six turnovers, Florida will now face another team that is skilled in that area.

Missouri is second in the nation in fumbles recovered - 14.

Florida OC Brent Pease said the Gators are fully aware that ball security will be a major concern this week.

"They’re going to be aware of it,'' Pease said of the Florida players. "They’re going to know because you look at a few plays on film, I mean (Sheldon) Richardson, he strips one, picks it up and runs it back against Kentucky all the way to the 20-yard line. It’s something our guys, they better know. They better have some ball security. These guys are going after it, as well as the secondary, they have some interceptions too. We’ve got to do a much better job with turnovers because that’s the thing that ultimately hurt us the other day.”

Pease said following Saturday's struggles with holding onto the ball, the Gators will have a heightened sense of awareness.

"I mean if you don’t put that in the back of your mind and understand you’ve got to get better from it, and tighten it down in practice, the same thing can happen,'' Pease said. "We’ll go back and recreate drills that we’ve got to put some emphasis in that this week.”

Florida OL Jon Harrison said the Gators will be aware, but not paranoid.

"We're going to go in there with the attitude that as long as we know all of our assignments are understood, and as long as we focus on ball security throughout this week, that we'll go in there and we'll be a successful team,'' he said. "We won't hype it up to be something and psych ourself out. You know, play the game before we even get to the game on Saturday. So as long as we take it one day at a time we'll come out successful Saturday."


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:44pm]


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