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Gators preparing for Louisiana-Lafayette’s talented spread offense

 

According to Florida defense coordinator Dan Quinn, the Gators don’t need any added motivation going into a game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday — the Ragin’ Cajuns spread offense provides plenty.

“When we put on the tape of Louisiana, it really showed this is a very good offense,” Quinn said. “Whatever conference they’re in, throw the conference out. Look at the scheme and look at the players.”

Louisiana is averaged more than 430 yards of offense per game. Three running backs have more than 300 yards rushing and at least three touchdowns, and four receivers have at least 300 yards receiving and two touchdowns. And the Ragin’ Cajuns have eight players with a play of at least 40 yards or longer this season.

Quinn said the key will be how Florida prepares.

“I don’t know if we’ve always done that as well as we could have, but we’re growing in that way to be better,” he said. “Here’s the next opponent, let’s go play. Here’s the game plan. Let’s go attack it and put it on.”

• Freshmen defensive ends Dante Fowler Jr. (five tackles, three for loss) and Jonathan Bullard (three tackles, 1.5 sacks) have the talent to develop into premier pass rushers, Quinn said. Both Fowler and Bullard had arguably the best games of their young careers in Florida’s victory against Missouri last weekend, and Quinn said that’s a sign of things to come.

“I’ve been really pleased with where they’re at. Each week, you kind of see a little something extra,” Quinn said. “I really think they’ve got a big future.”

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