Haden: D will be ready


Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:56 a.m.

What is the challenge of playing against Oklahoma's record-setting offense?

It's a challenge for them to come against us, honestly, because they haven't seen a defense like us with the speed and the physical play and just knowing our assignments and just flying around. They probably played some good defenses, but our defense is definitely one of the top.

With most of the attention on the teams' two offenses, does that motivate the defenses?

We really know it's about the defenses. Whichever defense is going to step up, that's who most likely is going to come out on top.

What has the defense done to prepare for Oklahoma's no-huddle offense?

All we've been practicing for is the no-huddle, and our no-huddle in practice has really been going faster than Oklahoma's. We have two sets of scout teams, and after one runs one play, the other team will just get on the line and call another play and the defense just has to run back and line up.

Oklahoma's offensive line has only given up 11 sacks all season, which is third in the nation. Can the Gator defense get to Sam Bradford?

Our pass-rushers, Carlos (Dunlap) and Jermaine (Cunningham) and them, I don't think anybody can hold them to not getting a sack. I don't know about the Big 12, but with the speed and physicalness like a Dunlap at 6-foot-7 and how fast he is, they don't see that too much. With the speed on the edge and (Terron) Sanders coming up the middle, we can put pressure on them.

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