Monday, February 19, 2018
Colleges

Florida Gators adjusting to indoor conditions of Superdome

NEW ORLEANS — Florida's preparations for tonight's Sugar Bowl the past several days have included adjusting to the subtle changes they expect to encounter playing in the Superdome.

"Adjusting to the lights," coach Will Muschamp said. "We've worked it all week, as far as seeing the punt catchers and kickoff and receivers working and catching the football. Because it's a little different with the lights in the stadium there. We've worked on that. And the kicking environment for (Caleb) Sturgis is good for us. We can probably be at the 38-yard-line and be in range for a 55-yard, 56-yarder, maybe 40."

Sophomore P Kyle Christy said he believes the dome will be an advantage for him.

"There's no wind, it's perfect conditions," Christy said. "You couldn't ask for anything better than that. It's a cool atmosphere, and the dome is really cool."

CELEBRITY COIN TOSS: Former quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and former running back great Emmitt Smith will represent the Gators in tonight's coin toss. Former linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Tom Jackson and former boxing great Muhammad Ali will represent Louisville, and the four will join the current team captains on the field for the opening toss.

MEMORIES, OLD AND NEW: Louisville coach Charlie Strong said he hadn't given it much thought until Tuesday, but he suspects he will be a little nostalgic, albeit briefly, before tonight's game. Strong is a former Florida defensive coordinator who recruited several of the current Gators.

"I guess it really hasn't hit me yet, I haven't seen many of the (UF) players," Strong said. "So probably when I walk into the stadium for the first time (tonight) and look across the sideline, you see a lot of those players you were able to recruit. Then it kind of hits you. Once you hear the band rev up and play the different songs that you're so familiar with, and we had a function last night and I saw a lot of the (UF) administrators. So it will be something special. … But I've got to get refocused and get my team going also."

PERSONNEL UPDATE: Look for Marcus Roberson to return punts for UF, while Loucheiz Purifoy and Andre Debose will return kicks.

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