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Lack of turnovers plaguing Gators

GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s defense still ranks No. 7 nationally (288.6 yards per game), but the unit’s lofty rankings have camouflaged its struggles during the team’s five-game losing streak -- especially in a statistical category it dominated a season ago.

The Gators are no longer forcing turnovers.

In 2012, Florida was a ball-hawking, playmaking defense that recorded 30 takeaways, and as a team finished with a plus-15 turnover margin -- good for No. 7 in the country.

This season, the offense has struggled to protect the football, while its defense -- supposedly the rock of the team -- has done little to counter the problem.

“We have missed some opportunities,” coach Will Muschamp said. “We've had some opportunities at interceptions that were dropped, and we've had some balls on the ground that we haven't gotten. We haven't had as many strip opportunities as we would like. That's one thing we have looked at as a staff. … We've got to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Florida has forced 15 turnovers this season, but 10 came in a three-game stretch against lowly conference competition with a combined league record of 1-17.

During its five-game losing streak, Florida has just four takeaways, while turning the ball over eight times.

“We’ve had opportunities to make them and haven’t really made them at times. Usually, when someone makes one of those plays, a tough play and gets one, then you kind off get a couple more. It spirals that way,” defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. “We’ve had those chances in games, and just most recently haven’t made them. It’s something we emphasize, work on and talk about in meetings. We know how critical it is to our success. We’ve got to protect the ball and get the ball out on defense. Obviously, we’re not winning in that area right now, and it’s affecting the outcome of the games.”

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Emmitt Smith thinks even less of UFraud. Embarrassing? Nahhhh, he doesn't care enough to even mention the UTrailer in his HOF speech.

SUICYCO, the wanna-be ghetto gangsta' with the history touch.

and sapp is afraid to come back to the gables or shockey will b-slap him

Gallo stop. U're embarassing Duke and Dorsette.

What kind of morons tweet "OMG... this is embarassing" while their team gets their butts handed to them and they sit at home eating popcorn on the sofa?

Oh yeah, players at dah U.

Nice job Golden.

When Gallo was born, his momma tweeted: "OMG... this is embarassing."

His wife (probably doesn't have one, but let's give him the benefit of the doubt) tweets the same thing when it's sexy time at night.

SUICYCO you crack me up man. This "Gallo" Moron such a loser and has been owned.

JLS, between you, me, and Gator Alum, Gallo and Sidcane are going to end up in a mental asylum, if they're not already posting from there!

GO GATORS!!!

don't forget me...suicyco u turds can't compete 21-16 sissies

My pimp hand is WAYYYY Skrong

what bowl y'all going to?

Lol at corso...
Correct me if I'm wrong but isnt the amount of turnovers what is really plaguing the gata's? You guys are delusional. Maybe , say, posting from a mental prison? UM 21-gata's16. Hope thestate forces you to play us too.

man we suck this year....and everybody is jumping ship! We will be a disaster for years to come. We only have 10 recruits coming in and FSU and Miai are poaching all of our remaining four stars.

read the same thing on the canes blog

Haters hate, how did I meet Sapp inn coral gables last year then?

Will Muschamps job security
Shut up before I Jeff Demps you Suckaz

Lee Corso
canetrash? Yu gots som xplanin to do


sinking ship

5 different IDs in a two hour span. Lonely Moron with no life and nothing to do.
Reminds me of sid The Moron cane. Could it be? Surely there is something to do in Bunnel in the early evening. Right?

was shockey anywhere near that area code? didn't think so

JLS... you took the words right out of my mouth.

This loser actually put "don't forget about me".

Reminds me of that old 80s song. This dork is so lonely, he actually begs to be dissed.

The sad part is that I already dissed him. Of course, it's that schizophrenic retard: sidcane.

I apologize for forgetting to diss your multiple personalities. You sprout a new one every day, only to get verbally b slapped again.

jesse, fortunately you live far, far away from s.florida. locals have to deal with these canes idiots everyday of the week in person. imagine having to listen to this nonsense in the workplace, at the grocery, etc. listening to them whine on radio and t.v. is even more annoying.

haters you are right on, the guy at my local Publix deli is a "big time" cane fan and likes to trash talk when I show up in a Gator shirt. At least he can slice the boars head spot on. High school dropout working behind the deli, typical cane fan.

Lol at being verbally owned. Is that even possible? Especially using words like virgin and , douche . . Whatever You have to tell yourself. Now 21-16 is owned. Can't run from that . Although You try.

No but i have those small bearings if u need them....2 sets

Scoreboard says 21-16. Do we optically own U? Verbal ownership, lol!

you have been owned Jlo and suisucko sound like to 15 year old acne filled teens. Must be the case. Now get off your moms computer and stop with the Cane envy.

Sorry about the bearing comment jesse. Text popped up on my phone and answered it to your blog. Realized i did it when i hit post instead of send. Oh well, back to 4-6. Lol

Gators lose by 3 tomorrow. Book it!

Cane fans are still talking trash as if they're 10 straight national title winners instead of 10 straight years of embarrassment! Newsflash cane fans, you suck AGAIN!!! A basketball school scored 48 pts and you still talk trash?? That'd be like Kentucky scoring 48 against us. Thankfully no matter how bad we are, that will never happen! Say what you want about the Gators, but not 1 team has scored over 40 pts against us, and you've been destroyed 3 weeks in a row by over 40 points. Wake up cane fans!! The delusions are alive and well!

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