Florida is very aware of Alabama’s vaunted rushing attack, but Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said Crimson Tide duel-threat quarterback Blake Sims poses a serious threat, too.
“He’s very dangerous on his feet,” Durkin said. “He creates plays on the ground when the pocket breaks down. There are some design runs to him, but I think sometimes when it’s not designed plays, they do a good job of moving the pocket with him. And I think he throws it well and delivers the ball well for them, too. He’s a dangerous guy, and we’ve got to be really conscious of where he’s at and containing him and keeping him in front of us because he can beat you either way, throwing it or running it.”
Sims, recently named Alabama’s definitive starter, has thrown for 646 yards and four touchdowns but also has 102 yards and two scores on the ground.
“He has the ability to extend plays,” UF coach Will Muschamp said.
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Durkin said the Gators are also preparing for backup Jacob Coker — just in case.
“We understand there’s a possibility of seeing either-or,” Durkin said. “I think Blake is kind of the guy they’ve deemed as their No.1, but we’re ready for either one of them. We have game plans and certain calls that we would like versus either one of them.”
Junior left tackle D.J. Humphries (high ankle sprain) remains sidelined and will miss Saturday’s game. Freshman wideout C.J. Worten (broken hand) is also out.