Notebook: Florida secondary beat by Benjamin

The vaunted Florida secondary had no answer for Kelvin Benjamin. The Florida State redshirt sophomore totaled nine catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-7 route. The Seminoles moved to 12-0 in the regular season behind a strong effort from their quarterback Jameis Winston, but it was Benjamin that made the difference.

The sophomore averaged 23.6 yards per reception on Saturday. The Gators tried to play physical at the line of scrimmage, but once the 6-5, 234-pound receiver got off the line of scrimmage, he was able to get open and break tackles.

That was evident on his third touch of the game. Benjamin caught a slant and broke three tackles over the middle of the field before powering his way into the end zone.

"They got him matched up in the slot a little bit," Will Muschamp said. "They took him from outside and put him inside. He did a nice job on some things. He's a big target. He's hard to defend. They did a good job of getting him matched up on some of our smaller DBs by moving him around a little bit and we ended up changing and moving with him. He's a good player.

"We knew he was a match-up issue coming into the game and we felt like we needed to pressure, which means you're gonna play middle-field coverage and that was part of the game plan going in. He's got length, he runs well, he's got really good ball skills down the field. The length is the issue."

KICKING STRUGGLES CONTINUE: The Gators had a chance to lead early on Saturday. On the second drive of the game, the Gators made it to the Florida State 32-yard line before Austin Hardin missed a 49-yard field goal.

Muschamp only wants to use Frankie Velez from inside the 25-yard line and felt comfortable with Hardin from his performance in practice.

"Austin hit it well in pregame," Muschamp said. "We were going to go with Frankie on the shorter field goals and Austin on the longer field goals. Yeah, we certainly need to fix that."

Muschamp was asked about the kicker job going forward and believes they can improve with the kickers on campus this year.

"(Hardin is) going to work through it," Muschamp said. "I think Caleb Sturgis struggled his first year. No different than any other position, you've got to coach them through it and you've got to help them improve and get better and that's what we're going to do."

NFL POTENTIAL: After the Gators lost on Saturday, ESPN reported that Loucheiz Purifoy said on the field that he was leaving for the NFL. Purifoy didn't talk to the media after the game and Muschamp wouldn't confirm anything, but he said there has already been talk with the other juniors on the team considering the NFL.

"That's something I'll discuss in the coming days," Muschamp said. "I've had some discussions with a couple of guys. But I don't really want to comment at this time about that."

OLD PLAYERS RETURN: Matt Elam and Tim Tebow returned to the Florida sideline on Saturday. Tebow spoke to the team on Friday night and encouraged them to keep fighting through their struggles this season.

"Great to see those guys," Muschamp said. "Tim came in and of course he commands an audience everywhere he goes. Great Gator, I appreciate him. Great to see Matt. Matt actually was in the building on Friday. He played Thursday night. He was here early Friday morning. He spent the day with us and the players. Great to have him back, which we could have put him back there in a uniform."

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