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CB Joe Haden not 'talking smack,' Kid just speaks the truth

GAINESVILLE -- Thank you, Joe Haden, for keeping it real. In a sporting world filled with limp-wristed answers and politically correct coach speak, Florida's cornerback speaks the truth. The kid tells it like it is.

Asked earlier this week if Oklahoma could score 60 points on the Gators' defense, Haden didn't back down like so many college athletes are told to do by coaches and sports information directors.

"They haven't played against us," Haden said. "Our team looks like they haven't put 60 points up on us. Nobody puts 60 points up on us. So, we feel like if we come out and play at the top of our ability, nobody should be able to score that many points."

Now, a few in-state newspapers have dubbed this as "talking smack." I disagree. Calling Florida the real "U," a la Louis Murphy. Now, that's smack. Calling Tennessee a bunch of quitters. Now, that's smack. Haden was just stating the obvious. Let's break this thing down.

1. "They haven't played against us." FACT (In fact, Florida has never played Oklahoma.)
2. "Our team looks like they haven't put 60 points up on us." FACT (Obviously.)
3. "Nobody puts 60 points up on us." FACT
4. "So, we feel like if we come out and play at the top of our ability, nobody should be able to score that many points." OPINION BASED ON FACTS

Florida is ranked ninth in country in total defense (279.3 points per game) and fifth in scoring defense (12.8 points per game). UF is No.2 in turnover margin (plus-22).

"It's a challenge for [Oklahoma] to come against us, honestly, because they haven't seen a defense like us -- with the speed and the physical play and just knowing our assignments and just flying around," Haden said. "They probably played some good defenses, but our defense is definitely one of the top."

Again, let's break it down.

1. "It's a challenge for them to come against us." FACT
2. "They haven't seen a defense like us." UP FOR INTERPRETATION/DEBATABLE (Texas Christian's defense is ranked No.2 in the country and Oklahoma defeated the Horned Frogs 35-10.)
3. "They probably played some good defenses." FACT (In addition to TCU, Oklahoma played Cincinnati, which features a defense ranked No.24 in the nation.)
4. "Our defense is definitely one of the top." FACT

-jo-

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