The Throwback: Gators Struggling?

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Georgia players knew they would get Florida's best shot in 2009.

Read more in today's Dawg Post Throwback Story of the Day, featuring this piece by David Hale from October of 2009.


With Georgia slumping to a 4-3 start and about to take No. 1 Florida, just a year removed from a 49-10 drubbing by the Gators, it probably shouldn't be surprising to hear numerous complaints from fans, criticism of coaches and questions looming about the future.

What is surprising, however, is that many of those questions, critiques and complaints this week are aimed at the Gators.

Despite an unblemished record and dominion over the BCS rankings through seven games, Florida's usually high-flying offense has been hovering rather low to the ground, and that has fans, commentators and even head coach Urban Meyer a bit concerned. But the sluggish start for the Gators isn't fooling Georgia.

"No matter when we play them, we know we're going to get Florida's best shot," linebacker Rennie Curran said. "We know their emotions will be high. They're going to give us their all. There's no way you can't get pumped for this game."

Motivation may not be the problem, but the passing game certainly could be for the Gators.

Florida ranks 80th nationally in passing offense, and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has thrown just three touchdowns compared to four interceptions in SEC play this season. He has thrown for more than 200 yards just twice this year. Earlier this week, Meyer told reporters he thought Tebow was "not playing at his highest level." That might constitute stinging criticism from a coach who once referred to Tebow as the best college player of his era.

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