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Florida Gators not hiding anything from Alabama

Florida’s offense ranks second in the Southeastern Conference, and first-year coordinator Kurt Roper is adamant he hasn’t been “vanilla” just to hide elements in preparation for No.3 Alabama on Saturday.

“We’re going to run our offense,” Roper said. “I think to become a good offense, you need to be repetitive. You need to do the same things over and over again to be able to counteract what a defense is doing.”

Roper acknowledged he might reserve certain bells and whistles (reverses, Wild-Gator package) in specific games, but otherwise doesn’t believe in holding plays back.

“We’re trying to win the game at hand,” he said. “Just like last week, I promise you I wasn’t hiding anything. We were trying to get as many points as we possibly could [against Kentucky].”

CHRISTY EARNS HONOR

Gators punter Kyle Christy was named the SEC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 48.7 yards on six punts in the win over Kentucky.

The senior downed four punts inside the 20-yard line, and ranks No.5 nationally in net average.

Christy — an All-American and Ray Guy Award finalist in 2012 — slumped badly last season, ultimately losing his starting job to freshman punter Johnny Townsend.

The senior has regained his old form early in 2014, crediting former LSU punter Donnie Jones, now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, for helping him through his mental and mechanical issues.

“Coach [Jeff] Dillman knew Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter. He had me call and talk to him,” Christy said. “Jones said he actually kind of went through the same kind of thing, struggling a lot in his junior year and lost his starting spot, too. Then he came back strong his senior year. Now, he’s doing good in the NFL. So, it was good to know I wasn’t the only one it’s ever happened to.”

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