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September 27, 2013

Friday Fodder: Who can (should) shoulder the load?

I’ll make this brief: Quarterback Tyler Murphy -- no matter if people believe he’s better than Jeff Driskel or not -- still needs lots of help.

In 2013, Florida’s tailbacks (mainly junior Mack Brown) have been solid, but hardly spectacular.

Checkout those yards per carry averages. Florida’s (weekly) makeshift offensive line has certainly derailed some of the production, but UF’s tailbacks have had issues with vision early in the season.

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Just one week ago, Matt Jones promised “to put the team on his back,” and that’s not happening.

No. 20 Florida is moving forward with the “hot hand” approach -- a completely different strategy than the Gators’ preseason expectations.

Florida presumed Jones would simply carry the 1,000-yard torch from Mike Gillislee. Alas, probably not. 

Coordinator Brent Pease continues to heap praise on freshman Kelvin Taylor, but Taylor’s received just a single carry in the past two games.

With Jones’ ball security problems, it’s not totally surprising Florida’s staff has been hesitant to play Taylor extensively considering his well-documented fumbling issues during training camp.

But what do y’all think of UF’s new by-committee approach? 

Is there a legitmate workhorse in the group?

Kentucky struggles stopping the run -- 185.7 y/g, good for 13th in the conference -- so Saturday offers an opportunity for a breakout game.

Discuss away.

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