Gators on the serious lookout for "violators"
South Carolina WR and return specialist Ace Sanders had no idea what Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy was referring to when he walked past him during pregame warmups and said “You better hold it tight. You’re going to be a violator today.”
He probably does now.
Florida forced four turnovers in that game, all part of a concerted effort to seek out “violators” - a termed coined by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn - and make them pay.
“Coach Quinn brought that word around and it hung with us ever since,'' Purifoy said. "A violator is someone who is going to lose the ball, regardless. If you got the tip of the ball down, you’re a violator. If we can get it out, that’s what you call violator. I’m sure South Carolina heard that a lot this weekend.”
“Violators is somebody who doesn't know how to carry the ball correctly and we're going to come get it from you,’’ DL Dominique Easley said. “We see that ball, we see a little bit of that pigskin, we're coming to get it.’’
The Gators are No. 3 in the SEC in turnover margin (+11), and say they spend a great deal of time in practice working on stripping the ball.
"That's a big emphasis.,’’ senior LB Jon Bostic said. “We’ve got to get the ball back to the offense as much as we can and allow them to score points."