Plugging A Leak

Florida leads the Southeastern Conference in offense, thanks mainly to sophomore quarterback <b>Chris Leak.</b> Leak is coming off a record-setting performance in the Gators' mauling of South Carolina last Saturday, tossing six touchdown passes. Florida State, meanwhile, has allowed 198.1 yards passing, the fewest in six seasons.

Florida State's secondary knows it faces a potent Florida offense, led by sophomore quarterback Chris Leak.

Leak is averaging 270.4 passing yards per game with a 62.3 completion percentage.

Leak scorched FSU for 273 yards a year ago, but the Gators' defense collapsed in the final minute, allowing a game-winning 52-yard touchdown pass from Chris Rix to P.K. Sam.

Seven different UF players, including running backs, have at least 10 receptions. Leak has thrown 27 touchdown passes and the Gators are averaging 13.5 yards per reception.

Freshman tight end Tate Casey has just five catches, but four have gone for touchdowns -- including two against South Carolina last Saturday.

"They throw a lot of different things at you," FSU cornerback Bryant McFadden . said.

"They are athletic and fast receivers. You have to expect anything with those guys. It will be our biggest challenge so far this year. They have a great group and we are going to have to be focused and go out there and play Florida State football."

The Seminoles look to counter with one of the nation's top defenses.

Florida State leads the nation in rushing defense and is fourth in total defense. Opponents have scored just nine touchdowns, six passing.

Entering Saturday's regular-season finale, the Seminoles have allowed 198.1 average passing yards, the fewest in six seasons.

McFadden says the Seminoles' success in the secondary is a result of the team's effort from its front four.

"They have done an awesome job up front helping out the secondary," McFadden said.

"Those guys are like our best friends when they get back there and cause havoc because it makes our job a lot easier. My hat's off to all of those guys because they go in there and play hard. We need those guys Saturday to come out and have probably their best game of the season


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