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Florida expects three injured offensive linemen to return against South Carolina

The Gators played the majority of Saturday's game without three starting offensive linemen, but coach Will Muschamp said Monday he expects left tackle Xavier Nixon (concussion), left guard James Wilson (eye) and center Jonotthan Harrison (elbow) to be probable for this week's matchup with South Carolina.

Wilson did not travel with the team for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, while Harrison and Nixon both went down during the first quarter and did not return.

Tight end Jordan Reed (eye), defensive end Dominique Easley (knee) and linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hamstring) are also expected to be probable for Saturday, but freshman wide receiver Latroy Pittman (ankle) will be questionable, Muschamp said.

Safety Cody Riggs (foot) and offensive tackle Matt Patchan (pectoral) remain out.


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I'm concerned about how our DB's match-up with USC's WR's. LSU's DB's are bigger and more physical than ours which shrank the field considerably for USC last week. The way our corners get burned, we've been fortunate that Elam and the D-line have bailed us out thus far. On the up-side only one starting WR is over 6'0 for USC, seems we've had issues with long receivers (see UT in first half and that Matthews kid for Vandy last Sat.)

In any event I don't believe SS while try to match us blow-for-blow like LSU did. I do believe however, that he will be chucking the ball down field early and often in hopes of cashing in on big plays.

I hear you Gator Mike, I am also concerned about the big play to the WR. We have been victimized with that several times.
I am more concerned about our lack of a passing game. We cannot be one dimensional with the better teams like USC and UGA. Come on Pease, you need to have some passing plays drawn up. The WR need to step up and Driskel needs to be a little sharper. Most of his throws @ Vandy were off the mark and he was lucky he didn't get picked off.

Not to discount your concern, but I think we need to be able to pass 'just enough' to keep drives going. We can wear that USC defense down by winning TOP. Running the ball consistently will be the key.

I'm still not down with the risk associated with Driskell throwing down field or across the middle - avoiding interceptions will be paramount against SS. Giving him a short field will be sure points for the Ol' Ball Coach.

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