Gresham will test Gators

Oklahoma's offense is loaded with outstanding talent, but the one who may pose the biggest problems for Florida's defense is tight end Jermaine Gresham. At 6-6 and 261 pounds, Gresham not only is a solid blocker but is also the Sooners second leading receiver.

Jermaine Gresham came off the bench for most of his first two seasons, but started all 13 games this year. He has steadily increased his production as Oklahoma's season has progressed, with the highlight being a 158 yard, two touchdown performance in the must-win game against Oklahoma State. For the season he caught 58 passes, 12 of those for touchdowns. His catches aren't just shorter, "move the chains" plays either. The junior averages 15.3 yards per reception.

Gresham is modest when asked about his success.

"I'm just another read in the offense," he said. But he acknowledges that he hopes to make an impact in the game. His coaches aren't as restrained in their praise.

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson believes Gresham is the most complete tight end in the country because of his balance of pass catching and strong blocking. Gresham's size makes him extremely difficult for defensive backs to cover and his quickness is tough for linebackers to match up with.

"He's a very competitive kid, and he's a very prideful kid," said Wilson. "He loves to practice and he loves to work hard."

Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has to deal with Gresham, a task he's not looking forward to.

"Gresham will be a matchup problem for us," Strong said. "He does a great job of running routes and a great job once he catches the ball of running away from defenders."

To try and counter Gresham, the Gators will mix their coverages and may go man-to-man on him more than they would a lesser talent at the tight end spot. Strong mentioned linebacker Brandon Hicks as one person who might be specifically assigned to Gresham.

Gresham is impressed with what he sees from Florida's defense, calling them "a great defense, very quick and passionate defense".

"Hopefully I can find some holes in their defense and we can pick them apart."

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