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Gators expecting physical battle from LSU's solid running game



Among the many concerns for the Florida defense in its preparation for LSU on Saturday is finding a way to contain the Tigers' outstanding rushing offense.

LSU is currently second in the SEC in rushing, averaging 229.6 yards per game. The Gators expect the Tigers to line up and come at them. Period. Quite different from anything the Gators have seen this season.

"I think it’s a lot different (from the first four opponents),'' UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. "They’re a real physical team up front, and by that I’m saying they’re more of an inside running, two-back team. In the first couple of ball games we’ve seen more three and four receiver sets. So this is kind of the first experience to see a true fullback and downhill power and gap type of running. To me, that’s the biggest difference, and we certainly see some from our offense in terms of the two-back runs in practice and through it. so I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to go against them each week, where we still do some good on good work. But they certainly know how to run the ball, and do a good job running it. They have a couple of runners that do it, and they’re a physical style. Should be a good matchup.''

The Gators believe this may be their most physical opponent to date.

"They're a real physical team,'' LB Lerentee McCray said. "They like to run the ball. They like to establish the line of scrimmage. They like taking a lot of shots down field. I think it's going to be a physical game because they like to run the ball.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:55pm]


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