Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Colleges

Gators, Razorbacks prefer to chew up the clock

GAINESVILLE — Florida leads Division I-A in time of possession (39 minutes) and Arkansas is 13th (33), so when the teams meet Saturday, don't expect to see hurry-up offenses.

"This may be the quickest game in the history of college football," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema joked this week.

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease likes the combination of winning time of possession and the Gators defense. "To say that we're always going to carry it, have that time of possession, is probably not our total plan," Pease said. "But … you've got a lot of good things going. Protect (QB) Tyler (Murphy) a little bit, put him in good situations, kept our defense off the field. When you play 47 plays, they're going to perform high at whatever numbers, but they're obviously a lot fresher when they don't have to perform at 60-70 number pace."

FSU: Prep work

TALLAHASSEE — To prepare for Maryland dual-threat QB C.J. Brown, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is having freshman John Franklin emulate Brown at practice.

"He's giving us a great look," LB Telvin Smith said. "When he runs that option play, we always think maybe he's going to pitch it, but a lot of times he cuts it up the field and runs. … That's something that we really need."

Brown has thrown for 1,041 yards and seven TDs, and rushed for 283 yards and six scores.

Orlando Sentinel

USF: Pitch it around

TAMPA — Sophomore QB Steven Bench has started just one game, but USF coach Willie Taggart wants the ball spread around more against Cincinnati. Taggart pointed to senior WR Derrick Hopkins (five receptions, 44 yards and one TD in 2013) as someone he would like to see catch more passes "because he can run away from people. … We've got to find ways to get him the ball in space."

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

UM: Higher standards

CORAL GABLES — In the entirety of last season, Miami had 12 players who scored a touchdown, nine players record rushes for positive yards and seven get in on at least one sack.

Though a 77-7 rout of Savannah State skews this year's numbers — 17 players have a tackle for loss, 10 have scored a TD — the Hurricanes are getting more production across the board.

"We have to continue to grow that," coach Al Golden said of his depth. "We've got to continue to accept nothing but the standard that the players are playing to right now and continue to take the next step."

Times wires

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