Gators preparing for Toledo's up-tempo offense
Toledo may be a heavy underdog against the Gators on Saturday, but Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said that's not the way the Gators are looking at it.
Toledo returns four All-MAC players from last season, including senior QB Terrance Owens who passed for 2,707 yards last season and rushed for 395.
"Toledo presents some problems that way because their quarterback is very mobile," Durkin said. "He can run around and scramble real well, and you can't get a pass rush on him. So we definitely, in every game plan, we want to effect the quarterback, but we have to do that in different ways. He can make you pay when you get out of your lanes and do some things up the field. That will be a challenge for our defense, obviously a point of emphasis, and it's something they really rely on to move the ball."
Durkin said the Rockets' up-tempo offense will present a challenge for the Gators, but said it's something the Gators are used to preparing for, and expect to see more of.
"It's obviously something to prepare for, and we've done it before, obviously playing (Texas) A&M last year and all that," Durkin said. "I think it's probably something we'll see more this year and more in conference now that there's more teams going to it. We set our rotations and we practice that way, and guys have just got to be cognizant of where the ball is, and whether it's a dead ball and when they can sub in and sub out. It's one of those things that in college football nowadays is more prevalent. It's always something we talk about and prepare for. We're a team that doesn't huddle on defense as it is, so that part really isn't much different for us. But our guys are aware of it, and we've just got to get the signals in fast, get lined up and sub when we can."