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Playing defense a challenge for both Florida and FSU so far

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All of the sudden, Florida and FSU’s football teams are concerneda about their defenses. Really. How has this happened? Only a week ago, Florida was the No. 1 defense in America. But after the Gators gave up 38 straight points to Tennessee, the Gators have fallen to fourth. Statistically, it still isn’t bad, but considering the way that Joshua Dobbs and the Volts went through the Gators in the second half, it’s troubling. Through three games, Florida had allowed only…

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Football flashback: Did Gators’ Jabar Gaffney catch the ball?

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The Tennessee Vols and Florida Gators have a lot to talk about this week before their game on Saturday. They can discuss the proposed “funeral” for Gators’ quarterback Austin Appleby. They can decide what Florida defensive back Quincy Wilson mean when he said that “no one has ever seen a duck pull a truck.” They can talk about Florida’s 11-game winning streak, including two straight wins of one point each. Or, they can go to the old standby. They can argue whether Jabar Gaffney caught the ball. This week’s…

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College Roundup: Florida’s Will Grier stars on fourth down

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Call him Mr. Fourth down. Will Grier went from a resort freshman quarterback to a piece of lore Saturday afternoon, leading the Florida Gators to a dramatic comeback over the Tennessee Vols. Florida, behind 20-7 at one point, roared back to beat the Vols, 21-20, in the first significant victory of the Jim McElwain era Saturday. In the win, Grier went from a quarterback who hadn’t quite satisfied his head coach to a player to content with. He picked up…

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Can Florida still trust Treon Harris to play quarterback?

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If Treon Harris gained ground without playing, he has lost it. Harris may someday be the Florida Gators’ starting quarterback, but he may have never been further away from the job. It was one thing when Harris sat on the bench against Kentucky. Being suspended – allegedly for drugs – is worse. How can the Gators trust him after this? If he does become the starting quarterback, how is coach Jim Elwain ever going to completely believe there will not…

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