Speaking to the media on the Southeastern Conference teleconference on Wednesday morning, second-year coach James Franklin had some interesting things to say regarding Florida's defense.
"They’re playing very well on defense. The things that’s kind of interesting to me is a lot of defensive coaches and defensive coordinators they’ll try to take something away. It might be the run or it might be the deep passes, and you look at these guys, they really take everything away," Franklin said. "They don’t give you any of the short, high-percentage throws. They load the box up. They play really aggressive."
The Gators are coming off a game in which they allowed just six points to then-No. 4 LSU and have not allowed a touchdown in their last two games. The unit is ranked 12th nationally in total defense and has forced three turnovers in back-to-back games. Most impressive, however, is the fact that Florida has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter all season.
"Obviously they have the depth to rotate and keep those guys fresh," Franklin said. "I think Sharrif Floyd is going to be a challenge. He’s a very good player. ... They’re playing great defense, great special teams and on offense they’re going to run the ball and a have toughness to them. That’s what you see. So a tremendous challenge and our guys are looking forward to it."