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Florida Gators receivers praised for blocking

Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) pulls in a pass against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) pulls in a pass against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. AP

Florida’s receivers combined for one reception for 13 yards in Saturday’s upset over Georgia, but the unit was still instrumental in the team’s record rushing performance.

Led by Demarcus Robinson, the wideouts blocked well, allowing Florida’s tailbacks to amass 418 rushing yards.

“It was incredible,” senior center Max Garcia said. “I’ve never seen receivers block like that before. It just shows that we have unselfish players. I don’t even know if he had a reception in the game, but [Robinson] was out there and still a playmaker.”

Robinson, the team’s leading receiver, failed to record a catch for the first time all season, but the sophomore picked off two UGA defenders on Matt Jones’ 44-yard touchdown run.

“It’s very unselfish on their part,” coach Will Muschamp said.

“You look at Jones’ touchdown run, there’s three guys in the end zone with him. All receivers. That’s Ahmad [Fulwood], that’s [Latroy] Pittman and that’s D-Rob. They’re team guys. They understand that it’s coming together for a greater purpose than themselves.”

The Gators rushed for 418 yards and five scores, including 13 explosive plays (10 yards or more) facilitated by the wideouts’ edge blocking.

“I was really pleased,” offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said.

“They did a good job of trying to be physical. … The effort, just the second effort, showed up with those guys all over the field.”

THIS & THAT

▪ Garcia, along with folk hero Michael McNeely, earned SEC weekly honors following the win over the Bulldogs. Garcia was named the league’s offensive lineman of the week, while McNeely -- a former walk-on -- was honored as the special teams player of the week after sparking UF with a 21-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal. … Strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Dillman presented Muschamp with the game ball Saturday.

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