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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley expects Florida corners to be physical

GAINESVILLE — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is preparing his receivers for a physical battle with Florida's secondary on Saturday.

"They are going to put their hands on us, and they are going to try to deny the ball," Dooley said. "We've got to go out there and match it."

The Vols' Tyler Bray leads the SEC at 353.5 passing yards per game and has two big targets in Cordarrelle Patterson (6 feet 3) and Justin Hunter (6-4). That means CBs Loucheiz Purifoy (6-1) and Marcus Roberson (6-0) will be busy.

"When you play a lot of press and bump like we do, you want some guys who have some length when there are … 50-50 balls," Dooley said. "That's why with those two guys in particular, Roberson and Purifoy, with the length they have, we'll certainly get a lot of work at that."

GILLISLEE ready: RB Mike Gillislee's groin injury won't keep him out against the Vols. The senior was hurt in the first half Saturday against Texas A&M, then limped off after his 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth. He has 231 yards and four of UF's five touchdowns.

FSU: No overlooking

TALLAHASSEE — As he discussed Saturday's game against Wake Forest, FSU S Lamarcus Joyner said four words: "We overlooked those guys." The 35-30 loss in Winston-Salem on Oct. 8 capped a three-game skid.

"After that loss, we were kind of deflated," Joyner said. "But this year, we're ready. (Wake Forest is) our No. 1 priority."

Miami: DT returning

CORAL GABLES — The challenge continues for Miami's defensive tackles.

They'll have help Saturday against Bethune-Cookman with the return of Luther Robinson, who was suspended for a game for an undisclosed violation.

"There are a lot of reasons why we haven't made the plays we haven't made," coach Al Golden said. "One is strength. Those inside guys have to get off blocks and be more disruptive.

Golden said he liked what he saw from freshman Earl Moore in Saturday's loss to Kansas State.

"We need to keep developing them," Golden said. "But I know they're capable."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Game not special

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary rejected the idea his players are more motivated for Saturday's game against Florida International, which upset UCF 17-10 last season.

"All losses should sting," O'Leary said. "I remember every one of them in 44 years. Name the game, and I can tell you what happened."

Orlando Sentinel


FSU: vs. Wake Forest, noon Saturday. TV: ESPN

Miami: vs. Bethune-Cookman, noon Saturday

UCF: vs. Florida International, 4 p.m. Saturday. TV: BHSN

Florida: at Tennessee, 6 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN

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