Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tide adjusting to Gators' new pro-style offense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dont'a Hightower isn't quite sure what to make of the new Florida offense, where the Gators are leading the league in rushing and have the tailbacks to thank for it.

"These last couple of years, you haven't seen too many guys come out and put up big numbers like that that's not Tim Tebow or Percy Harvin from Florida," said Hightower, a linebacker for No. 3 Alabama.

As Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says, that's the "old Florida." Now, the 12th-ranked Gators are running a pro-style offense under new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis going into Saturday's meeting in Gainesville with the staple being handoffs to tailbacks Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps.

Now Florida's methods more closely resemble the offense Alabama defenders are used to seeing: Their own. Both have two running backs in the top 10 in the SEC with quarterbacks ranked fifth (Alabama's AJ McCarron) and sixth (Florida's John Brantley) in passing.

Most of the big plays have come on the ground for both teams.

Saban said the Gators are still dangerous in space and on perimeter runs and create difficult matchups.

"They're not the typical zone option, sort of spread, Mississippi State, old Florida," he said. "It's not that. But they do a great job of featuring the talent and the players that they have and what they do well."

SEC welcomes aggies: Commissioner Mike Slive welcomed Texas A&M as the 13th SEC member and said he doesn't expect to add another team before the Aggies begin play next season.

Extra point controversy: Mid-American commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said there's no way to grant Toledo's request to take away Syracuse's overtime win despite a blown call on an extra point. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone acknowledged the error by Big East officials, "but as far as we're concerned here, we've moved on to the next opponent."

Arkansas: Defensive end Tenarius Wright is out 4-6 weeks with a broken arm.

Connecticut: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy confirmed that UConn is interested in joining the ACC if it expands to 16 teams. Malloy said he no longer expects the ACC to act quickly after adding Pitt and Syracuse from the Big East this month.

Nebraska: Two-time first-team All-Big 12 defensive tackle Jared Crick recovered from a head injury and is ready to face Wisconsin on Saturday.

Washington: Hau'oli Jamora, the team's best pass-rushing end, is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Basketball: Michigan guard Jordan Dumars, the son of Pistons president Joe Dumars who transferred from USF during the 2009-10 season, is leaving the team. He didn't play a game at Michigan because of knee and shoulder injuries. … Acclaimed Ohio State recruit LaQuinton Ross, a forward from Jackson, Miss., will not play for the Buckeyes after the NCAA ruled he had not qualified academically. … Arizona's Kevin Parrom was shot in the left hand and right knee during a dispute Saturday while visiting family in New York. He should be okay, the university and police said. No arrests have been made.

Tide adjusting to Gators' new pro-style offense 09/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 10:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Times wires.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)

    College

    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  2. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  5. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games

    Blogs

    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.