Louisville Offense on Defense's Mind

The Florida Gators may have their best defense in a long time taking the field in New Orleans on January 2, but these hard hitters aren't taking anything for granted. The task is big for Florida who faces a high octane Louisville offense that throws the ball at nearly 300 yards a game. Florida is focused on facing a tough opponent and is excited to be playing in a BCS game again.

Florida just missed out on playing for a national title finishing one spot away in the BCS poll from playing for it all in Miami. Still, after a couple of rough years, these Gators are happy to be playing in a game that they think means a lot for the state of the program.

"Any bowl game that you play in is a statement game for your program, especially with us being in a BCS game," senior defensive tackle Omar Hunter told the Sugar Bowl media on Saturday. "It's a big game for our program."

Florida will be going against one of the elite quarterbacks in all of college football when they play the Sugar Bowl. Miami, Florida native Teddy Bridgewater decided to take his talents to Louisville a few years ago and hasn't looked back. Bridgewater is the 8th rated quarterback in the country in terms of pass efficiency and has thrown for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns in the 12 games he played.

Bridgewater doesn't run much, but when he does he can hurt you. The Florida defense has specialized in stopping mobile quarterbacks this year and they see the Louisville signal caller as a threat to do so at any time even with a recent injury that had him miss some playing time. .

"Playing against a good quarterback like Teddy makes you lock in a little more and makes you focus a little more," junior safety Matt Elam said.

"We are going to play him like any other quarterback, just try and keep him contained. He does a lot of things well and just makes sure we play the passing lanes tight. He does a lot with his feet even with his hurt ankle so keeping him contained is one of our main goals."

The entire defense will have to work as one to make it happen.

"We are going to play him like any other quarterback, just try and keep him contained. He does a lot of things well and just makes sure we play the passing lanes tight," said senior linebacker Jon Bostic. He does a lot with his feet even with his hurt ankle so keeping him contained is one of our main goals."

"Just coming together and making sure everyone is on the same page, that's how you stop mobile quarterback. Everyone has to stay in their passing lanes. If someone jumps out that's when the quarterback steps up."


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