AU Coach Impressed With Gator QBs, Offense

A report previewing Saturday's Florida at Auburn football game is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says that Florida's dual quarterback system will offer a challenge for his Tigers on Saturday night.

Both senior Chris Leak and freshman Tim Tebow have had success calling the signals for the 6-0 Gators, who will arrive in Auburn on Saturday with an eight-game winning streak. That includes a 6-0 mark this season.

Tebow, a 6-3, 229-pounder, is Florida's second leading rusher with 228 net yards at 5.6 per carry and he has rushed for two touchdowns. Tebow hasn't thrown the football much, but when he has it has been effective. He has completed 10-14 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Leak, 6-0, 207, is less of a running threat, but has completed 64.7 percent of his 156 passes for 1,395 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

"You have got to have awareness of who is in the ball game," Muschamp says. "Tebow is obviously a phenomenal athlete--big, strong and athletic with tremendous arm strength. He is a guy who will run the ball effectively for them.

"Chris is a guy who has played a lot of football for them. It seems like he has been there forever. He is a guy who has got great touch on the ball. He understands a little bit more, I think, of what they want him to do. He is playing well."

The Gators are averaging 257.8 passing yards per game and rushing for 155.5 per contest. They are ranked 20th nationally in total offense and eighth in pass efficiency.

"They do a great job of spreading the field," Muschamp says. "They are a team that you have got to stop the run first of all. I think they do an outstanding job of running the ball.

QB Chris Leak

"You have got to make plays in space on these people," Muschamp adds. "They spread the field. They screen. They are an outstanding screen team. They move the ball well. They have got outstanding athletes at wideout. They are really rolling now. The last two weeks they played really well vs. Alabama and LSU."

Coach Urban Meyer's offense has been much more effective in his second year at Florida after going 7-5 in his first season with the Gators.

"There are a lot of motions, a lot of shift adjustments," Auburn's defensive coordinator says. "You have just got to make sure your kids get their feet in the dirt and get ready to play. That is what we are going to do this week. We have just got to play fast and physical, run to the ball, finish plays, tackle well in the open field."

Kickoff time is set for 6:45 p.m. CDT on Saturday as the Tigers, ranked 10th/11th, look to improve on their 5-1 overall record against a Florida team that is ranked second and third in the major polls this week.


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