Week 3: No. 7 Florida Gators at Tenn. Volunteers

By Adam Silverstein
September 17, 2010

Location: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN [Capacity: 102,459]
Weather Forecast: 87°F, 0% chance of precipitation
Time: 3:30 p.m. (EST)

Sirius/XM: 122/143
Online Video: CBSSports.com
Online Audio: Yahoo!
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

Head Coach: Urban Meyer Head Coach: Derek Dooley
Record: 2-0 Record: 1-1
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -14; O/U 45.5


» Florida has won 22 consecutive regular season games, 12-straight on the road and 14 regular season SEC games in a row.
» Under Meyer, the Gators are 5-0 against the Volunteers and 2-0 on the road. This is the 40th all-time meeting between Florida and Tennessee, with UF leading the series 20-19; however, the Vols have an 11-9 advantage when playing at home.
» The Gators lead the nation with eight interceptions in two games. That total is twice as many as any other SEC school and two more than any other team in the nation. Florida has recorded four interceptions in back-to-back games this year; Saturday’s game was the fourth time the defense has picked off four balls under Meyer.
» UF has committed a nation-low 84 turnovers since 2005 and has had 24 games in which they did not give up a single turnover (best in the nation).
» The Gators went 4-for-4 in the red zone against South Florida with three touchdowns and a field goal. Florida’s red zone efficiency is 77 percent on the season including six touchdowns in nine chances.
» Florida has had a kickoff return of 50-plus yards and a rush of 40-plus yards by a player in each game this season. Sophomore running back Mike Gillislee accomplished it against Miami (OH), while junior RB Jeff Demps hit the mark against South Florida.
» UF’s RB coach Stan Drayton held the same position with UT in 2008.


» Redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley…who is looking to rebound from a rough outing in which he started his first collegiate game. He has thrown 117 consecutive passes without an interception and has a 14-1 TD/INT ratio while playing for the Gators.
» Demps…who had a career-long 72-yard rushing TD in the opening game and totaled 255 all-purpose yards last week. Demps leads the nation in rushing yards per touch (8.1) since 2008 and yards per carry (12.5) in 2010.
» Redshirt junior wide receiver Deonte Thompson…who had career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (83) last week. As Brantley’s primary pass catcher, eight of Thompson’s nine catches this season have been for first downs.
» Tennessee RB Tauren Poole…who has rushed 40 times for 272 yards and three touchdowns this season. Poole is averaging 6.8 yards per carry and ran the ball 23 times for 162 yards (7.0 average) and one touchdown last week against Oregon.
» Sophomore WR Omarius Hines…who made his first career start last week but is moving to slot receiver for the remainder of the season. He had 49 yards on three catches with a touchdown against Miami (OH).
» Redshirt freshman WR Andre Debose…who missed the 2009 season with an injured hamstring but hopes to make an impact with redshirt junior WR Chris Rainey gone. Debose did not play against Miami (OH) and saw limited time against South Florida.
» Florida’s secondary…which has intercepted six balls – three in each of the last two games. Senior safety Ahmad Black (three) and junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins (two) are leading the way for the unit with their performance and leadership. Black is also tops in the SEC with 20 tackles on the year and is the conference’s active leader in interceptions (11) and interception return yards (233). Junior starting S Will Hill is expected to see the field for the first time this season.

Doubtful – Redshirt senior defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh (stitches), freshman WR Chris Dunkley (hamstring)
Out – Redshirt sophomore left tackle Matt Patchan (wrist)

(Will update closer to game time)


The Gators are not set to be featured in particular during ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPNU (hosted by Erin Andrews) and continuing from 10 a.m. until noon on ESPN. However, the analysts will certainly be discussing the Florida-Tennessee game at various points during the broadcast.

Read OGGOA’s Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers preview after the jump!

No. 7/10 Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The No. 7/10 Florida Gators (2-0) hit the road for their first Southeastern Conference game of the season as they head into Knoxville, TN, on Saturday to take on the Tennessee Volunteers (1-1) at Neyland Stadium.

Having seemingly overcome snapping problems that haunted them throughout their opening contest against Miami (OH), the Gators utilized a relentless rushing attack led by junior running back Jeff Demps to put away South Florida last week. Though they are set to face a Volunteers team with a pass defense that ranks among the top 25 in the nation, Florida hopes that redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley can remain steady and collected during his first road game as a starter and continue to improve just as he did between the first and second game.

That’s not to say UF will be a pass-first team. Head coach Urban Meyer noted during the week that, with the Gators’ offensive line completely healthy for the first time all season (sophomore left tackle Xavier Nixon returns to his starting role), the running game will be counted on Saturday. Demps will be relied upon, but redshirt senior Emmanuel Moody and sophomore Mike Gillislee will also grind it up the middle.

Florida’s secondary, with six interceptions in two games, will be counted on to contain Tennessee QB Matt Simms, who was 15-of-29 for 151 yards and one interception against Oregon last week. But the onus will be on the Gators’ front seven, which will be faced with one of the best rushers in the nation in RB Tauren Poole. After running for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries against Tennessee-Martin, Poole performed even better vs. Oregon, taking 23 carries for 162 yards and a score.

Back from team suspension, junior safety Will Hill is expected to start for the Gators, and sophomore wide receiver Omarius Hines will be moving into the slot position vacated by the indefinite suspension of redshirt junior WR Chris Rainey.

Catch Florida’s third game of the season live on television on CBS, online at CBSSports.com, via the radio or through OGGOA‘s live updates on Twitter.


  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Let’s woop them Vols!
    UF-34 Tenn.-14

    Go Gators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Luke says:

    As usual, great write up and preview, Adam. Let’s hope the Gators come out strong on both sides of the ball.

    Florida 30 – 17. Go Gators!

  3. Daniel M. says:

    The quiet was deafening in Baton Rouge last year. The buildup to that game was huge. They reported that including attendance and outside partyers, there were an estimated 300,000 people in the immediate area that night at Death Valley. Them Gator boys went in there and shut them right the hell up. I’d like to hear the silent sound of grinding gums by the 3rd quarter.

    Sorry Derek, I still have scars on my backside from Vince. This thing gets ugly.

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Gators win 35-10

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Second and 11 and we call a delay draw only to be followed up by a Pouncey special????? F’ing Addazio back to action. I swear he is a hemorrhoid in the ass of UF

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    4th and inches, lets put our smallest back in and run a HB dive………have you heard of the freaking QB sneak Adazzio???????? I am really coming to my breaking point with this team. This is not even fun to watch anymore.

  7. John Shanks says:

    Well we’re winning.. I’ll take it. In the second half lets have a play ready when we get on the field.

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    John, might want to take that back as its 10-10 now

  9. brlgator says:

    fire addazio

  10. Luke says:

    It’s gonna be a long season….. Let’s just figure out a way to get a W in Tennessee.

  11. GivingUp says:

    Gents, just going to throw this out there but I think we are in for a LONG season with Brantley. He stares down his receives, is not sharp on most of his deliveries all mixed in with the vanilla play calling and we are going to be in trouble. I definitely believe he is not the answer to our Tebow-less squad and we may need to start mixing it up more or change the playbook!

  12. brlgator says:

    that overturned safety is such bs you cant tell me there was indisputable video evidence that wasnt a safety

  13. John Shanks says:

    The second we take our foot off the gas we get our butt’s kicked. We can’t call conservatively without a rushing QB. It’s just stupid. Hopefully we’ll let Brantley be what he is, which is a Sam Bradford style go for the TD every drive QB.

  14. GivingUp says:

    John Shanks,
    Whats wrong, 12 minutes left in the 4th and running the clock out doesn’t work? This team is garbage right now and is being held together by the glue known as defense!

  15. John Shanks says:

    Go Gators! Nice job, six in a row!

  16. David says:

    Does anyone think the RB fumbles thing have anything to do with Drayton? Remember Kehstan Moore?

  17. Fish-Gator-59 says:

    Is it me, or does Brantley just look lost out there? He had some good completions but he had all day to throw them, and he just doesn’t seem to be leading the offense like he should, IMO. Thank god for that fake punt!!!

    Overall though good solid road win!!


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