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Florida Gators’ rushing defense falters


Miami Herald Writer

For six weeks, Florida’s defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage, but after consecutive sobering performances against LSU and Missouri, a once proud unit is searching for answers.

The Gators — minus dominant defensive tackle Dominique Easley — can no longer stop the run. After surrendering just a single 100-yard rusher all last season, Florida has allowed two different tailbacks (LSU’s Jeremy Hill and Missouri’s Henry Josey) to eclipse the century mark during its recent two-game losing streak.

In Missouri’s 36-17 win, the Tigers rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns — the most yardage in 22 games against a Will Muschamp defense.

“Very safe to say [that won’t happen again]. That’s not characteristic of us,” junior linebacker Michael Taylor said. “That’s not what we allow, and that’s a one-time thing.”

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