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    Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Head To Head Matchup: Wide Receiver

    There are six Gator receivers including the tight end that have at least three or more TDs on the season.

    Percy Harvin leads the Gators with the most receiving yardage with 714 yards, 45 catches, and 3 TDs. As has been discussed, Harvin is a major threat whether lining up as a wide receiver or in the back field. Harvin has been out for the last two games but is back at practice this week.

    Senior wide receiver Andre Caldwell is close behind with 45 catches and 666 yards. In the last game against FAU, the 6' Caldwell caught the ball 13 times for 164 yards. With his career high 13 catches in the Gators’ 59-20 victory against Florida Atlantic, Caldwell became UF’s all-time receptions leader. His ninth catch broke Carlos Alvarez’s previous record of 172 catches, which he set in 1971.

    And not far behind these two is 6'2" wide receiver Louis Murphy. Murphy has 32 catches, 486 yards, and 3 TDs.

    And here is a novel concept. The Gators actually use their tight end to catch passes. 6'4" Senior Cornelius Ingram has 26 catches for 416 yards and 7 TDs on the year. Ingram has TDs against Tennessee, Auburn LSU, and Kentucky.

    The Gators have 26 passing TDs for the season.

    Key Stat: Florida is ranked #2 in SEC in passing offense.

    The Noles and their receiving corps will all have to have big days to have a shot at the Gators on Saturday. Greg Carr is the leader in reception yards with 688 yards and 3 TDs. Carr has been relatively quiet this year when compared to the 12 TDs that he had in 2006. This game would be a great time for him to have a game to put an exclamation mark on the season.

    Right behind Carr is De'Cody Fagg with 657 yards and 5 TDs. In the last three games, Fagg has had a TD in each and is catching the ball better than he was at the beginning of the season.

    Then there is Preston Parkerwho has my vote as the 2007 MVP for the offense. Parker has 631 yards and 3 TDs. Parker will probably be seen lining up at wide receiver as well as in the back field for the Noles.

    The Noles have 14 passing TDs for the season.

    Key Stat: FSU is ranked #4 in ACC in passing offense.

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