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No. 4 Florida Looks To Improve Defense Against No. 21 A&M

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) throws a pass against South Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux,Pool)

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) throws a cross towards South Carolina through the first half of an NCAA school soccer sport, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux,Pool)

Through two video games, the fourth-ranked Florida Gators have accomplished absolutely anything they needed on offense.

  • Associated Press
  • Last Updated: October 8, 2020, 11:33 PM IST


Through two video games, the fourth-ranked Florida Gators have accomplished absolutely anything they needed on offense.

Their defensive efficiency is one other story. Theyve given up 942 yards and 59 factors in two video games this season, and theyre seeking to repair that on Saturday once they go to No. 21 Texas A&M.

These previous two weeks have been unacceptable for me, personally, linebacker Amari Burney mentioned. You know, simply speaking with the coaches, my mother and father, watching movie, its been unacceptable on my half simply being a starter and never doing my job.

The Gators (2-0) have been particularly sad with their incapacity to get off the sphere constantly on third and fourth downs. Teams have transformed 15 of 31 third-down makes an attempt towards them and 5 of seven fourth-down alternatives.

You cant get complacent when the offense is scoring so many factors after which we dont cease them on protection, Burney mentioned. The protection has to go on the market and begin making stops as a substitute of simply giving the crew life again and allow them to rating on us.

Floridas protection has allowed a mean of 327.5 yards passing a sport and can now face Texas A&M’s veteran quarterback Kellen Mond, who’s coming off a 318-yard passing efficiency in a loss to No. 2 Alabama.

It begins with the quarterback, I imply, as a result of we performed this quarterback … once I was at Mississippi State, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham mentioned. Just trying on the improvement of the quarterback and the best way (coach) Jimbo (Fisher) has developed quarterbacks over the course of his profession, you may see that theyve actually improved him from that standpoint.

Mond and the Aggies (1-1) will attempt to get again on monitor after the 52-24 loss to the Crimson Tide. Fisher confronted criticism for Texas A&Ms poor efficiency towards Alabama in his third season with the Aggies after signing a 10-year, $75 million contract.

We really feel the progress is there, he mentioned. But till you win all of them, youre by no means happy.


Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has by no means been to an precise sport on the place that bears his title. Trasks mother and father, each Texas A&M graduates, named their son after century-old Kyle Field.

Trask grew up in Manvel, a few two-hour drive from College Station. He performed behind former Houston and present Miami standout DEriq King in highschool after which waited 4 years to get his shot with the Gators.

Theres all the time a chip on my shoulder simply because nobody gave me an opportunity in recruiting, mentioned Trask, who didnt get a suggestion from the Aggies. I type of simply got here in with a chip on my shoulder to no matter program I got here into to simply attempt to show myself.


This might be Fishers first assembly with Florida as Texas A&Ms coach. But he has loads of historical past towards the Gators, going 7-1 towards them in his time at Florida State.

He recalled the in-state rivalry this week.

At occasions at Florida State once I performed them, we have been all ranked within the high 10 two or thrice we performed them, Fisher mentioned. Florida has all the time had actually good gamers, had some actually good years once I was there. We had some success towards them, and we had a extremely good crew and had constructed our program up.


Florida coach Dan Mullen needs the Gators to complete video games higher.

They may have put Ole Miss away within the opener however kicked three consecutive area objectives within the second half, together with two from contained in the 20-yard line. Last week towards South Carolina, Florida threw an interception and went three-and-out on back-to-back drives within the fourth.

Finishing is a giant factor for us, cross rusher Brenton Cox mentioned. As the season goes on, nicely join, nicely come collectively, nicely come collectively for the win. I imply, the primary two video games, its all the time robust for any crew. And I really feel like nicely get it collectively.


Mond wants 125 yards passing on Saturday to cross Jerrod Johnson (8,011) for many yards passing in class historical past. The senior has already set Texas A&M data for completions (655) and makes an attempt (1,153). He has 23 wins in his profession and a win on Saturday would tie him for fourth-most by a quarterback in class historical past.


AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.


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