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Razorbacks RB Alex Collins impresses Will Muschamp

 

Miami Herald Writer

Arkansas tailback Alex Collins — a former South Plantation High standout — became the first freshman in Southeastern Conference history to gain at least 100 yards in his first three career games.

Florida coach Will Muschamp is plenty familiar with the SEC’s second-leading rusher — 597 yards, three touchdowns and four 100-plus-yard games — and top freshman back in the country.

“He’s a heck of a football player,” Muschamp said of the former five-star prospect.

“We certainly offered him and recruited him. We think the world of him. … There are so many good players in our state, you can’t sign them all. They are going to go to other schools. Everybody in the country recruits the state of Florida.”

OVERRATED

The Gators lead the nation in average time of possession (38 minutes 58 seconds per game), but offensive coordinator Brent Pease called it an overrated statistic.

Muschamp agreed.

“Time of possession doesn’t really correlate to winning or losing football games,” Muschamp said. “I mean, good from the standpoint that their offense isn’t on the field, but there’s no direct relation of winning football games on ball possession.”

UF’s offense ranks No. 71 nationally and plays at the slowest pace in the country.

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