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GAME DAY: Gators offense the story after first game. And it's not a good story.

GAINESVILLE -- Thoughts on the game, anyone?

Wow, the Gators offense took the better part of four quarters to get going on Saturday in its 34-12 victory against Miami of Ohio. Even that assessment might be too kind. UF had 212 yards of total offense, the second lowest total since Urban Meyer became coach in 2005. Fumbles and poor snaps were partly to blame, but even when UF wasn't dropping the ball on the ground the offense didn't look very exciting.

John Brantley passed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in his debut. Jeff Demps led UF with 98 rushing and a touchdown.

What can we expect from this team the rest of the season? You're guesses are as good as mine. Can this team win in the SEC without former quarterback Tim Tebow's leadership? Does UF need to move Mike Pouncey back to guard and give Sam Robey a shot at center? Does Brantley need to throw it deep more often and stretch the field? I have no answers at this point; only questions.

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THIRD QUARTER
Florida's offense is still struggling mightily in its 2010 debut.

The Gators turned it over on downs to begin the second half then had two back-to-back poor snaps for fumbles that put UF on its own 1 on its second possession. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Florida is being out-gained offensively 165 yards to 25 by Miami of Ohio.

FIRST HALF
Let it be remembered that the first quarter of Florida football in the post-Tim Tebow Era began this way: Three offensive possessions and three offensive turnovers.

UF's offense played badly to begin the 2010, fumbling the ball away on its first two series then turning it over on downs on the third series. UF finally took the lead with 13:14 left in the first half when UF cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown.

PREGAME
Gators starting free safety Will Hill will sit out today's season opener for the University of Florida football team, according to a university spokesman. Sophomore safety Josh Evans of Irvington, N.J., will likely make the first start of his career against the Miami of Ohio Redhawks at noon.

Gators linebacker Dee Finley (hamstring) will also be unavailable for the season opener, according to UF.

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