Countdown to Kickoff: Florida vs. Tennessee (Video)
||FLORIDA at TENNESSEE
3:30 p.m. ET
Shields-Watkins Field/Neyland Stadium (102,455)
|LIVE TV: CBS Sports
[Vern Lundquist, play-by-play; Gary Danielson, color analyst; Tracy Wolfson, sideline reporter]
Urban Meyer is in his sixth season at Florida with a record of 59-10 (.855) and 10th overall with a record of 98-18 (.849). The Gators’ offensive coordinator is Steve Addazio and the defensive coordinator is Teryl Austin.
Derek Dooley is in his first season at Tennessee and in his fourth season overall with a record of 18-21 (.462). The Volunteers’ offensive coordinator is Jim Chaney and the defensive coordinator is Justin Wilcox.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL
John Brantley has thrown for two touchdowns in both of his starts in 2010. He has gone 117 straight pass attempts without an interception. He opened the 2010 season with an active streak of 61. -Jeff Demps has led the Gators in rushing in both games this season. After tallying 98 vs. Miami, including a career-long 72-yard scoring run, Demps rushed for a personal-best 139 yards on 11 carries against USF for an average of 12.6 yards per carry. Deonte Thompson set career highs with six receptions and 83 yards vs. USF. Eight of Thompson’s nine receptions have moved the chains (88.9 percent).
Sophomore defensive back Prentiss Waggner has emerged as one of the Vols defensive leaders. Through two games, Waggner leads the Vols with 13 tackles. Against Oregon, Waggner set a new career-best mark with seven tackles, including one for a loss of three yards. The Clinton, La., native also recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in the Vols contest with the Ducks. In the Vols opener against UT Martin, Waggner intercepted a Derek Carr pass and returned it 54 yards for a Tennessee touchdown. Through two games, Montori Hughes boasts seven tackles, 3.5 for loss (total of 10 yards), including a four-yard sack. He has two quarterback hurries and has broken up one pass.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TENNESSEE HAS THE BALL
Justin Trattou recorded his first career touchdown, returning an interception 35 yards for a score in the third quarter of UF’s win over USF. Jaye Howard earned his first multiplesack performance in the season opener vs. Miami, totaling 2.5 tackles for loss with five total tackles. The starting trio of A.J. Jones (seven), Jelani Jenkins (six) and Jonathan Bostic (six) combined for 19 tackles against USF. Ahmad Black recorded the Gators’ first individual multi-interception game of the season and the second of his career (Hawaii, 2008). He leads the SEC with three interceptions and 20 tackles in 2010.
Junior tailback Tauren Poole has certainly made the most of his opportunity to start for the Vols. Poole leads the SEC with 136 rushing yards per game following his career-best 162 yards against Oregon. Poole rushed for 111 yards in the first quarter against the Ducks. Matt Simms made his debut at quarterback against UT Martin, completing 14 of 24 passes for 181 yards and 1 touchdown. He followed up that performance by completing 15 passes for 151 yards and an interception against Oregon. Zach Rogers started for the first time last week against Oregon. He had a career-high three catches and led the receivers with 45 yards.
Against USF, Chas Henry punted four times for 174 yards (43.5 avg.) and allowed just one punt return yard for a net average of 43.2 yards. In the game, Henry hit a 50-yarder and pinned two inside the 20. Mike Gillislee had two kickoff returns for 65 yards vs. Miami, with a long of 50. Demps then had two for 95 yards with a long of 54 against USF. They became the seventh and eighth UF players since 1996 to return a kickoff for over 50 yards. Demps leads the SEC with a 37.8-yard kick return average.
Daniel Lincoln has made all four field goal attempts this season, including a 48-yard kick against Oregon. He was named the Southern Pigskin SEC Special Teams Player of the week after going 2-of-2 from field goal range and making an extra point versus the Ducks. He enters Saturday’s game just seven field goals shy of tying John Becksvoort (1991-94) for fifth on the Vols’ career field goal list. Chad Cunningham has 16 punts for 50 yards or more, including a career-best 58-yarder against Alabama in 2009.
Record: UF, 20-19
This marks the 40th meeting all-time between the teams, with UF holding a 20-19 edge in the series...The Gators are 5-0 against Tennessee under head coach Urban Meyer, including 2-0 on the road...Florida brings winning streaks of 22 regular-season games, 12 road games and 14 regular-season SEC games into the matchup with Tennessee.