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Florida Gators have to ‘make some plays’ to keep up with Florida State

 

Miami Herald Writer

Florida’s sputtering offense barely managed 20 points in Saturday’s humiliating loss to Georgia Southern, and now the freefalling unit must prepare for the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense: rival Florida State.

UF ranks last in the Southeastern Conference in scoring average (19.9) and total offense (327.9 yards per game), but redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg said the offense must execute better and play with more confidence considering the sizeable mismatch.

“We gotta make some plays,” Mornhinweg said. “We’ve got to go out, execute and put points on the board.”

FSU has allowed more than 17 points just one time all season, while the Gators haven’t scored more than 20 points in nearly eight weeks.

Injury update

Quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday’s game, while sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL sprain) remains doubtful. Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) is expected to play, as is sophomore defensive end Jon Bullard (knee swelling).

Starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor, injured in the loss to Georgia Southern, is out with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, but the injury will not require surgery. However, freshman linebacker Alex Anzalone, also hurt in the loss, will have offseason shoulder surgery.

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