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Florida Gators expect a fast pace against Toledo

 

Miami Herald Writer

Will Muschamp expects Florida’s defense to play 80 to 85 snaps against Toledo’s up-tempo attack in Saturday’s season opener. Muschamp said UF would rotate regularly along the defensive line to counter the game’s pace and noon-kickoff heat.

Toledo, ranked No. 32 nationally in total offense in 2012, returns a receiver ( Bernard Reedy) and tailback ( David Fluellen) who recorded more than 1,000 yards.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said the Rockets’ no-huddle offense presents challenges, but since Florida’s defense doesn’t huddle either, Toledo’s tempo is not a major advantage.

• Tailback Matt Jones (illness) practiced in pads for the first time since spring camp.

Jones is expected to return against Miami on Sept. 7, and Muschamp said the sophomore would go through pregame warmups versus Toledo but not play.

• Freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (sprained shoulder) and Damien Jacobs (patella) returned to practice this week.

Meanwhile, freshman linebacker Matt Rolin and senior receiver Andre Debose had successful ACL surgeries.

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