Gator Backfield Looking for More Productivity

Next week when the Gators take on Tennessee in their SEC opener, they'll be facing one of their former position coaches. Stan Drayton left the Gator staff to head the running backs group for the Vols. But he left a loaded group in Gainesville that Kenny Carter is pretty excited about.

Like Drayton, Kenny Carter left a school from the SEC East to join the Gators, and after a quiet game from the running backs against Miami, he's still excited with what he's got to work with.

"I am blessed," Carter said. "I'll hold my unit up against anyone else's in the country. But that's the way it should be because we're Florida."

The biggest question over the last couple of weeks has been the lack of production from Emmanuel Moody. It's not that Moody has struggled, it's that the redshirt sophomore has barely stepped onto the field.

"We had him in the plan to play [against Miami], but in the course of the game when certain things happen, you have to change that," Carter said. "They did a really nice job of stopping us from running the ball. We knew that throwing the ball was going to be the thing to get us down the field, so we put a little different spin on what we were trying to do."

Speculation surrounding Moody's lack of playing time has included injuries to ball security. The later is something that Carter wants to be the trademark of the Gator backfield.

"That has to be a trademark to your program," he said. "We have things that are key to our program and turnovers are a big part of that. We have a plan to win and turnovers are a part of that."

Florida's backfield was productive against Hawaii, but was not against the Canes. Carter doesn't expect that to be the case for the rest of the season.

"The priority of our position group is to be productivity," Carter said. "In the Hawaii game we were very productive. In the Miami game, we weren't as productive because of what they were trying to do. Our time is going to come. All that matters is that we are 2-0 and No. 4 in the country."

In their preparations for Tennessee and future games, Carter said that preparation is the key for a productive game.

"We don't waste reps in practice," Carter said. "If we are going to do it in practice, it's because it's part of the game plan. We try to make sure that the people that are going to do specific things during the game are going to do those things in practice."

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