UF notebook

Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin expects Missouri’s offense to remain the same

 

Miami Herald Writer

No. 14 Missouri, undefeated and a surprise to the entire country following a 5-7 record last season, lost its starting quarterback James Franklin late in the Tigers’ upset win agaimst Georgia last weekend.

Franklin, a senior, will miss at least the next month with a separated shoulder, so redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will make his first career start against the Gators in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday.

Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin doesn’t expect the Tigers’ quick-hitting spread offense to change much, despite the move at quarterback.

“I think they have a really good offensive system. Obviously it’s been proven over time it works really well. They put up a lot of points, a lot of yards. I think [Mauk] is the type of quarterback that fits what they do,” Durkin said. “I think they have their system and this it what they do, and he has great players around him. They have three backs they play and they can all take it the distance any time. He’s got talented guys to throw the ball to, too, so I think they’ll kind of do what they do with their system.”

Missouri is second in the SEC in scoring offense (45.7 points per game), but Mauk has attempted just six career passes.

Injury update

Redshirt junior linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle) has not practiced this week and appears doubtful for Saturday’s game.

• Injured defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL, meniscus) will undergo surgery on his right knee Thursday in Pensacola. It will be preformed by Dr. James Andrews.

Read more UF stories from the Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category