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Gators face challenge in Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz



Bowling Green may have won just seven games the past two seasons, but that doesn't mean the Gators can take the Falcons lightly.

The Falcons have the 10th youngest roster in the nation, but return a veteran QB in Matt Schilz who finished fourth in the MAC with 3,024 passing yards and tied for the conference lead with 28 passing TD's.

"I’m very impressed with their quarterback, not just from his accuracy but the way he can create,'' Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. "He gets outside the pocket and can convert. He’s got good legs. He can run on third down to convert, but he can create also. If protection were to break down, he can get outside the pocket and still make completions. I think it’s always good, knowing the opponent you’re playing against. We’ve had time to watch him on tape and know this guy is a strong caliber quarterback. We’re certainly up for the challenge.”

Bowling Green graduated just four senior starters, and Florida coach Will Muschamp echoed Quinn's sentiments that containing Schilz won't be easy. Muschamp said he's eager to see if the Gators have improved as much as he believes.

"Anytime you face an experienced quarterback and a three-year starter, it always will put some strain on you,'' he said of Schilz. "And they have a lot of guys back on defense. So we’re looking forward to being in front of our fans again. The last time we played in our stadium, we didn’t coach or play very well, and we’relooking forward to getting out and competing and playing very well.''

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:16pm]


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