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Gators content with not showing too much, too soon



With the exception of trying to work on its new up-tempo offense, don't expect the Gators to roll out much of their offense until they absolutely have to.

Most likely against Tennessee on Sept. 19.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said the Gators purposely didn't use much of their offensive packages against Charleston Southern.

"We were very vanilla on offense, other than tempo,'' he said. I" mean like bizarre vanilla. Like painfully vanilla. But tempo, we have to practice it. And we don’t mind, it’s out there, that’s fine. But we had to practice it. If you looked at our sets, I think we had three the whole night and it’s usually about 12 to 15 different sets. So we were painfully vanilla.''

Expect the defense to follow a similar plan, although Meyer said he anticipates Troy will present a greater challenge than CSU, which might dictate a different defensive plan from last week's.

The Gators gave up 323 yards to CSU, but defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and the defensive staff could live with that because of the decision not to utilize the starters and key backups for long, and to keep the defense as basic as posbile.

"We were strictly four down, and I think Coach Strong called four, maybe five defenses,'' Meyer said. "And as painful as it was on offense, that crushes him because he’s kind of a guy who likes to bring it. But we got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished. We won the game and exposed some young players to some situations that there’s only one way to expose them and that’s game time.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:15pm]


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