10/29: Florida focused on stopping Georgia rush

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2014

Florida Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin met with the media on Wednesday with just three days to go until his team links up with the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.


Florida’s players have spoken all week about preparing for Georgia running back Todd Gurley and doing whatever they can to limit his effectiveness in the game.

As well as the Gators might have defended Gurley, they are still no match for the NCAA, which ruled on Wednesday that Gurley will have to sit out two more contests (including UF-UGA) as he serves a four-game suspension after receiving more than $3,000 for signing memorabilia. He will also have to pay restitution and do community service.

With Gurley – a Heisman Trophy candidate averaging 8.2 yards per carry – out of action, the Bulldogs will rely on Nick Chubb to tote the rock, which he has been doing to the tune of 5.7 yards per rush this season.

For Durkin and the players, not much will change in Florida’s defensive preparation for Georgia’s run-heavy offensive attack.

“They still run the same offense. Their scheme really hasn’t changed with him being out,” Durkin said. “Obviously, we’ve had the benefit of seeing some games with him out. They’ve got some really good running backs besides him. Obviously, he’s a great player, but they have some other really talented running backs [that] can do a lot of the same things he does. They run the offense the same way.”

He continued: “[Chubb is] a very physical runner; he finishes runs. He’s got some good top-end speed. He’s hit some big runs, and they use him out of the backfield, too, just like they did with Gurley.”

Durkin was proud that his players so wanted to face Gurley, noting that Florida’s defense fields a bunch of “great competitors” that wanted to make a statement.

“Although some things haven’t gone the way we’d like, that doesn’t change your makeup of what’s inside. To play at a program like this and coach at a program like this … you’ve got to be a highly-competitive person,” he said. “Our guys are that way. You always want to see how you measure up against the best, whatever you’re talking about, whether it’s team or player or whatever it might be.

“They’re going to come out and keep swinging. I think our guys played really hard in the last game, did some things very well. Obviously some things didn’t go our way in that game, but they bounced back. They’re resilient. There’s not discouragement. We’ve had two really good weeks of practice. They know what this game means and how big this game is no matter what’s going on outside of it. Our guys are ready to go.”


» On whether redshirt senior defensive tackle Leon Orr (knee) is fully recovered: “Yeah, he’s back. He’s been practicing every day full. He’s full strength, ready to go.”

» On the special atmosphere for the Florida-Georgia game: “It’s amazing. It’s not like anything else that I’ve been a part of. I think if your juices don’t get flowing when you come over that bridge, in the early afternoon there before the game, I don’t know what would make that happen. So the guys that have played in the game know that and understand that and there’s obviously some young guys that haven’t and they’re looking forward to it. I think it’s one of the great games in all of college football. I think there’s a lot of rivalry games you could point to, this has got to be one of them. And it’s always a great game, great battle on both sides. I expect this to be the same.”

» On Georgia redshirt senior quarterback Hutson Mason: “He handles their offense well. He has been involved in that offense, although not as the starter, for quite some time. You can tell he understands what they’re trying to get done. He has good command of what’s going on. He has been very accurate with his passes. He makes good decisions; they’ve protected the ball well. I think they’re comfortable, and you can see he’s comfortable in what they’re doing offensively in how he functions.”


  1. Dave Massey says:

    As always, Go Gators. Hope the Bulldogs don’t run left too much.

  2. gatorboi352 says:

    Orr in the line up is the biggest catch 22. With him in, teams run for almost nothing against us, but we also get very little to no pass rush. McAllister the last few games has allowed the d-line to get to the passer/back field, however teams have hurt us more with the run with Orr out.

  3. Sharon Milner says:

    Gop Gators. Surprise the Gator Nation!

  4. Michael J. says:

    Orr is not a good player. Georgia will also run right at Dante Fowler, one of America’s most overrated players. I have a feeling that the big surprise will be that Georgia torches the Gators through the air. I hope I’m wrong, but I have eyes, and UF is a bad team.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      “Dante Fowler, one of America’s most overrated players.”

      Good bye, and please go play in traffic.

      • Dave Massey says:

        Dude pushed me out of the way so he could play in heavy traffic. Mack truck almost hit him but drove off the road and wrecked. Driver got out and said, “No way am I cleaning that nole blood/warpaint off my truck no matter how bad it would have hurt him”. Lol.

      • Michael J. says:

        If Fowler is so good, why do teams choose to run right at him, and have great success? When is the last big play he made against a good team? Why did LSU and Alabama choose to run to his side predominantly. I have eyes, that is what happens. I don’t know what game you are watching if you think Fowler is a great player. He’s extremely overrated. It’s amazing how often you hear the commentators talking about how dangerous he is at the start of a game, then comes the silence because he rarely makes a play. Myths die hard, and the myth of Fowler being a great player seems to live on without any justification.

    • 305Gator says:

      No wonder folks here call you a Nole troll, a big time semihole.
      Orr is a good player, a big body that cogs the middle and stops the run. A super star? No. But not a bad player.
      Fowler is not over rated he is very good,
      Sure UF has been a bad team so far, a bad team with a good defense. That is more a reflection of having a terrible QB and suspect coaching. The terrible QB has been finally benched. We still have to deal with the suspect coaching.

    • Dave Massey says:


      • Ken (CA) says:

        I don’t even bother anymore. I have no idea why someone would have so little life that he would continue to make comments that are so ridiculous over and over that people just look at him as a complete joke or ignore him.

        Fowler is so over-rated he will be a starter on Sundays, maybe even a high first round draft pick. Orr will likely be playing on Sunday as well, or at least certainly get the opportunity to try and invited to a training camp somewhere as an undrafted free agent at worst.

  5. Gatoralum88 says:

    Stopping the run has been about the only bright spot for this team this year so if they can keep it low scoring & Treon can provide some kind of spark I like their chances. Then again, I thought they’d beat Missouri so call me crazy. Go Gators!

    • Dave Massey says:

      I’m guessing you didn’t see the Alabama and LSU games. Alabama ran the ball at will against us in the second half and LSU ran left the whole game and we did absolutely nothing to stop it. Everybody in the world knew they were going to run left and we couldn’t do anything about it. Missouri didn’t have to run the ball they were scoring so much on special teams and defense. But we did do a good job against E. Michigan.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        I don’t know whether they couldn’t do anything about it or whether they didn’t do anything about it or both. I never saw any scheme adjustments, no significant personnel change, etc. Put some of this talent they have been recruiting in. If the guys aren’t getting it done that are in there, put someone else in. do ANYTHING to try to change things up, stop just going through the motions then jumping up and down on the sidelines screaming

        • Dave Massey says:

          Agree with that 100% Ken. Muschamp has seemed very reluctant to play younger players all along. You only get the good ones for three years and at the most five years with a redshirt (barring injury redshirt) so use somebody else when the guys in there are getting whooped, can’t lose one game twice.

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