Gators to face veteran Tennessee Vols offensive line

GAINESVILLE — The Gators expect Tennessee's offensive line to be among the biggest challenges they face Saturday.

The Vols scored just 14 points against Oregon last week, and first-year coach Butch Jones opened up the quarterback position, but Gators coach Will Muschamp said Tennessee's veterans up front are as solid as ever and he expects them to run.

"They have 139 starts on their offensive line," Muschamp said. "This will be the best offensive line we will face this year. Our guys felt that way last year after we played them."

"They're big, they're physical, they move well," Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin added.

The Vols are led by preseason All-SEC LT Antonio Richardson and C James Stone, both of whom started all 12 games last season. The linemen know the challenge they face from UF's defensive front.

Florida's opponents have converted just two of their 24 third-down opportunities. The Gators are allowing 50 yards rushing per game and rank third in Division I-A in run defense. They're yielding just 3.9 yards per play.

"We have been playing against these guys for the past four years," Vols OL Ja'Wuan James said. "They are all in our class. They are great, athletic guys. We just have to get a great week of practice and just go down there and play together."

FSU: Two suspended

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State starting LB Christian Jones and DE Eddie Goldman are suspended for Saturday's game against Bethune-Cookman because of undisclosed violation of team rules. "It is (disappointing). I'll correct it, but we all have to abide by certain guidelines," coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Terrance Smith will replace Jones, FSU's second-leading tackler, in the starting lineup. Senior Demonte McAllister will fill in for Goldman, and reserve tackle Jacobbi McDaniel will get increased playing time in the defensive line rotation.

Injuries: DE Mario Edwards (hand) and OL Wilson Bell (knee) are out this weekend. DT Derrick Mitchell (knee) is questionable.

Orlando Sentinel

B-CU: QB options

DAYTONA BEACH — Coach Brian Jenkins likes to say the Wildcats have a "three-headed monster" at quarterback.

He is referring to seniors Brodrick Waters (98 yards passing) and Jackie Wilson (109) and junior Quentin Williams (111), who starred at Jefferson High.

Williams was just 6-for-11 for 38 yards last week in a win over Florida International as the Wildcats stayed on the ground and ran for 311 yards.

Stingy so far: Bethune-Cookman enters the FSU game 3-0 after victories over Tennessee State, Virginia Union and FIU, allowing just 219.7 yards per game and 9.67 points per contest. The Wildcats defense has returned three interceptions for scores and has allowed only three touchdowns this year.

FSU QB Jameis Winston has thrown for six touchdowns and has only five incompletions in his first two games.

Times wires

UM: Anchor is out

CORAL GABLES — For the first time in more than a year, Shane McDermott won't start at center for the Hurricanes. McDermott, a junior who started all 12 games last season, is listed as out for Saturday against Savannah State with a lower extremity injury. It's unknown what specifically felled the 6-foot-4, 296-pound lineman or when exactly he got hurt. Jared Wheeler, a 6-foot-5, 319-pound senior, is listed behind McDermott on Miami's depth chart.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Up next

UF: vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10

FSU: vs. Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m. Saturday, no TV

UM: vs. Savannah State, 7 p.m. Saturday, no TV

USF: vs. Miami, noon Sept. 28, TV TBA

UCF: vs. South Carolina, noon Sept. 28, TV TBA

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