Interro-Gator: Five questions with Michael Taylor


Florida linebacker Michael Taylor was pleased with the second-half effort on defense against Georgia.

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Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.

Q: How was the defense able to hold Georgia scoreless in the second half after giving up 23 points in the first?

A: It was a losing effort, but we fought really hard. We came back. A lot of teams wouldn't do that, but that's us. We're not going to lay down. It was a poor first half and a good second half. If we would have just played the whole game like that, it would have been a dominant performance.

Q: Do you attribute that to the adjustments made at halftime?

A: We watched film as a team, and there were plays that we called (in the second half) that weren't good against what they were going to run — like a strongside run where we had two people there and they had three blockers — and they still got minimal gains. It's a matter of the effort and how we execute the call.

Q: After giving up some big gains on the ground to Todd Gurley, how much emphasis has been placed on stopping the run this week?

A: We still have some things we need to cover and go over. There's always stuff you can do to improve. We've seen that teams have hit us in the run game, so that's something we really need to fix before we play another game.

Q: The turnover against Georgia was a huge play in the game. What does the defense need to do to create more this season?

A: We've either won or tied in the turnover battle except for maybe a couple games. We're getting the ball out, not as much as last year, but we just have to do a better job of getting the ball off guys.

Q: What are your thoughts on Vanderbilt?

A: They've been a better team the last couple of years than they have been in the past. It's another challenge for us. We're going to have to prepare like we have every week, and we don't take any opponent lightly.

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