Speedy true freshman running back Adarius Lemons had a breakout performance in the win over UAB, leading the Gators in rushing with 89 yards on 11 carries. He had two long runs, including a 62-yarder for a TD called back by holding penalties.
“We just wanted to give Adarius some carries late in the game and he capitalized on it,” UF coach Randy Shannon said. “He ran the ball very hard, very physical. We just wanted to give him a chance.”
UF’s other two running backs — Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson — also had productive games, combining to rush for 164 yards and a touchdown.
“Lamical did a great job in the game,” Shannon said. “Mark Thompson took another step. You guys can see how valuable he is to this football with what he’s done.”