Notebook: Gators preparing for both Vols QBs

Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) would be more of a running threat compared to Justin Worley. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

With Tennessee coach Butch Jones opening the quarterback competition this week in Knoxville between Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman, the Florida defense is preparing to face both Saturday.

“We have our game plan and we talk to our guys about what the difference may be in the two of them,” UF defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. “We have limited film on Peterman, but we kind of know what to expect from him. He's a little more of a running (threat).

“But we're more focused on us and what we need to do to prepare and what they do scheme-wise as an offense. I don't know if they'll completely change what they're doing with one or the other, we just have to be locked into our assignments and do a good job of being physical up front."

WRs more involved

Florida coach Will Muschamp said he's been pleased with the production of the wide receivers, who accounted for 19 receptions in the Miami game, led by Quinton Dunbar with seven.

“Quinton Dunbar and Solomon Patton have done some nice things,” Muschamp said. “Trey Burton has been really good in the slot, and we use him in a lot of different ways. We've got some young guys coming along that I'm really excited about. So I'm pleased with the progress at the position."

Confidence in Maye

The coaches don't appear to have lost any confidence in redshirt freshman safety Marcus Maye, who lost his starting role to senior Jaylen Watkins after giving up a 52-yard touchdown pass in the loss to Miami.

“Marcus Maye is and will continue to be a great player for us,” Durkin said. “He's very talented. He's got to continue to learn and grow and get comfortable with what he's doing back there. Marcus Maye, we have all the confidence in the world (in him). He will continue to play. You'll see him out there, and he's going to really help us.”

Powell on the prowl

Outside linebacker Ronald Powell has had a successful return from two ACL surgeries, recording a sack in each of the first two games.

“He's played very productive for us and done a good job rushing the passer and playing in some run-down situations,” Muschamp said. “As we continue to move forward, I think his confidence is going to continue to grow.”

More totes for Taylor?

Muschamp indicated Wednesday that true freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor could get some carries in Saturday's game against Tennessee.

“I'm very, very excited about some young guys coming along (at tailback),” Muschamp said. “Kelvin Taylor is a guy that we're going to continue to try to get involved in the offense. And Mark Herndon is a walk-on that we've put on scholarship. He is a good football player. We feel comfortable at the position.”

Different challenge for UT

The Vols, coming off a 59-14 drubbing at the hands of Oregon, will face a different kind of challenge this week. The Ducks were about speed and finesse. The Gators are more about power, Jones said.

“We have to be the team that overachieves on Saturday,” Jones said. “The big thing with Florida is it starts up front. They have a very, very physical and talented offensive line. Good running backs. Good skill on the perimeters. I think Driskel is doing a good job at quarterback.

“We have to prepare for 14 different personnel groups, different formations. It's going to be a great challenge. Our physicality is going to be challenged greatly this week.”

Chandler a legend

Former wide receiver Wes Chandler, an All-America and UF legend, is now an SEC legend as well.

Chandler was one of 14 SEC Legends announced by the league Wednesday. The 2013 class will be honored at the SEC's Weekend of Champions Dec. 6-7 in Atlanta, site of the league's championship game.

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