As the Miami Hurricanes prepare to square off against the No. 12 Florida Gators, Canes Warning recently had the opportunity to chat with Liam Jones of Hail Florida Hail.
CW: What must the Miami defense do to contain Driskel?
LJ: Miami must have constant pressure on Driskel from the get go. The key
is to never let him get in sync. With giving early pressure, he will
feel rushed on throws and often leave the pocket too early. This will
make his passing game more erratic, and when he runs he should have no
where to go.
CW: The Gators lost quite a bit of talent to the 2013 NFL Draft. What
that being said, do you think that they will be able to stop a potent
LJ: Last year, the Gators had one of the best defenses in the country.
Even with all the talent lost to the draft, I think this may be the
same case this year. Loucheiz Purifoy was suspended the first game but
will be back; he is a probable top 10 pick. Easley is also a monster
who disrupts quarterbacks for a living.
CW: Can Miami expect Matt Jones/Mack Brown combo?
LJ: Muschamp has said Matt Jones will play, just depends how much.
Regardless, Mack Brown’s performance earned him some well deserved
carries when Jones is back. Expect Jones to get the majority of the
carries looking forward, but Mack Brown will be giving a nice second
punch. Both have the ability to run between the tackles and wait for
CW: What must the Gators do in order to leave Miami victorious?
LJ: Florida must contain Duke Johnson. There is no other way to do it. It
will take a group effort from the defense. As long as they stop
Johnson, containing the passing game will be made even easier. I have
confidence in the Gators offense to put up enough points to leave
victorious…as long as Johnson is stopped.
CW: How do the Gators’ defensive backs stand up against the Miami receivers?
LJ: Well Florida has named Marcus Roberson as the starting left corner and
named Jaylen Watkins OR Loucheiz Purifoy as the starting right corner.
I think they match up very well in terms of speed. They are a bit
undersized when matching up against Hurns or Waters but otherwise I
think the Gators have the slight edge, especially with the Canes wide
receiver corps having butter fingers as of late.
Thanks again to Liam for taking the time to answer some questions.
Kickoff for Florida vs. Miami is slated for noon on Saturday, 9/7/2013 at Sun Life Stadium.