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College football preview: No. 10 Florida vs. Toledo, 12:21 p.m. Saturday

UF corner Loucheiz Purifoy is suspended from today’s game.

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UF corner Loucheiz Purifoy is suspended from today’s game.

No. 10 Florida vs. Toledo, 12:21, Ch. 38, 620-AM

This is the first game against an SEC school for Toledo, which returns nine offensive starters from a 9-4 team. The Rockets have eight players from Florida, including WR Bernard Reedy. Last season, the graduate of St. Petersburg's Lakewood High finished sixth in Division I-A in all-purpose yards and caught 88 passes for 1,113 yards and six touchdowns. The Rockets averaged 445.2 yards of offense last season.

Watch out for … The Gators will be without four starters: CB Loucheiz Purifoy (suspension), LB Antonio Morrison (suspension), RB Matt Jones (viral infection) and RG Jon Halapio (torn pectoral). … QB Jeff Driskel is expected to be more comfortable during his second season under offensive coordinator Brent Pease, including an improved vertical passing game. He and the revamped receiving corps — led by a reportedly much-improved Quinton Dunbar — face a defense that allowed 290.9 passing yards a game in 2012 (116th among 124 I-A teams). … The Gators trailed Bowling Green 7-0 after the first quarter of last season's opener and were outscored in the first quarter 54-40 for the season.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College football preview: No. 10 Florida vs. Toledo, 12:21 p.m. Saturday 08/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 11:13pm]
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