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    Friday, November 23, 2007

    Scouting Florida

    Scouting The Offense: The Gators have scored 472 points, the highest total under Urban Meyer and tied for the fifth-highest total in school history. In three November games, Florida has scored 159 points and gained 1,536 yards. It is the only school in the country to have a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in every game this season.

    Players To Watch On Offense:

    QB Tim Tebow -- The sophomore was named one of three finalists for both the Maxwell Award (Oregon's Dennis Dixon and Darren McFadden of Arkansas) and the Davey O'Brien Award (Dixon and Missouri's Chase Daniel). His SEC-record 46 touchdowns (26 passing, 20 rushing) are nearly twice as many as Florida State's entire offense (24).

    WR Andre Caldwell broke the school record for career receptions (177) last week against Florida Atlantic and moved to fifth place in career receiving yards (2,253). The senior trails Jack Jackson (2,266), Reidel Anthony (2,274), Jabar Gaffney (2,375) and Carlos Alvarez (2,563).

    TE Aaron Hernandez- The 6-2, 256-pound true freshman has four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. He was the nation's No. 1-rated tight end recruit last season.

    Key Stat: Tim Tebow is ranked number two in passing in SEC.

    Scouting The Defense
    : Under co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, Florida has held Florida State to under 50 rushing yards in each of the last three meetings (34 in 2004, 49 in 2005, 46 in 2006). Opponents are averaging just 3.0 yards per carry against the Gators this season, tied for 14th nationally.

    Players To Watch On Defense:

    DE Derrick Harvey ranks ninth in Florida history with 18.5 career sacks and has recorded at least one tackle for loss in nine of his last 12 games.

    LB Brandon Spikes- The sophomore is the No. 2 tackler in the SEC with 108, five fewer than Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard. He has four games this season with double-digit stops, including a career-high 14 vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 3).

    Key Stat: Florida is ranked number 4 in SEC in sacks.

    Questionable/Probable For The Game:

    CB Joe Haden- The freshman starter is questionable after spraining his ankle against Florida Atlantic. The Gators are already thin in the secondary and may have to use true freshman Moses Jenkins or redshirt freshman Jacques Rickerson as his replacement.

    DT Lawrence Marsh- The 6-5, 273-pound redshirt freshman's status is uncertain after spraining his toe against the Owls.

    DT Michael Pouncey (hyper-extended knee) and his twin brother, OL Maurkice Pouncey (sprained ankle), are both considered probable.

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