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Gators not expecting easy game against Toledo



When Florida hosts Toledo on Saturday afternoon in the Gators' season opener, they recognize they can't expect to overlook the Rockets in anticipation of next week's showdown with Miami.

This just isn't that kind of opening-day opponent.

Toledo returns four All-MAC players on offense including RB David Fluellen (1,498 yards in 2012) and WR Bernard Reedy - a former St. Petersburg Lakewood standout who had 88 receptions last season.

“There’s definitely no easy game," Florida QB Jeff Driskel said. "You can’t just roll your helmet out and win. When you do play at a place like Florida teams are going to throw stuff different at you. You’re not going to always get what you see on film. So you got to prepare for that. Everybody that plays us is going to play their best. They’re going to take some gambles on offense and defense. Like I said no games are easy.”

Florida is hoping to get off to a better opening quarter start than most of last season. Last year, the Gators were outscored 40-54 in the first quarter.

Film study of the Rockets has gotten the Gators' full attention, the players said. Asked his impression of Toledo's offense, LB Ronald Powell said they are "a lot better than we want them to be."

"A lot better than we want them to be only because the quarterback is a athletic guy, a scramble guy," Powell said. The running backs run hard, and the little slot man is probably going to be one of the best slots we see."



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:37am]


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