Beat to Beat: SEC disrespect driving Gators

Look no further than the Scout network to get expert info about your favorite college football program. See what Bob Redman of Fightin' Gators said about Tennessee's chances at victory.

The rivalry between Florida and Tennessee continues to be one of the Southeastern Conference's best. Saturday's contest has plenty on the line.

Both teams rank in the top 25 and the last two matchups have been decided by a total of two points.

Find out more about how the Volunteers stack up by getting the viewpoint out of Gainesville from's Bob Redman.

InsideTennessee: How important is Antonio Callaway to the Florida offense? Sounds like he's a go for the Tennessee game.

Bob Redman: While Florida has vastly improved the receiver talent on the field from a year ago, Callaway is the biggest home run threat the Gators have at any position. Practices are closed and Jim McElwain says Callaway is still hobbling a bit, but I believe he is doing well and will be at or close to 100 percent for the game on Saturday.

IT: Does Florida feel disrespected by the media with Tennessee being tabbed in the preseason to win the SEC East with the Gators owning an 11-game winning streak between the two?

Redman: I think this is where most of the angst comes from the Gators with all the media and social media stuff we have seen in the summer and this week. The Gators beat Tennessee last year and won 10 games during the regular season. So yes, they have felt disrespected by the media for picking Tennessee. By the way, I was one of those that picked the Vols to win the East back at SEC Media Days.

IT: The numbers are impressive for Geoff Collins' defense. Seems like we ask this yearly, but where does the 2016 defense in Gainesville rank among the program's best ever?

Redman: To be honest, I thought they would take a step back this year, just a minor one. But, there are a couple of factors here that have led to them playing even better in my opinion. The first factor is linebacker Alex Anzalone. Antonio Morrison did a lot of great things for the Gators last year but his lateral movement was really limited because of a major knee injury. He was a major part of the issues against the Vols. Anzalone is playing like an all-conference player and it would be hard to argue against he and Jarrad Davis being the best linebacker duo in the country right now. I think the other one is along the same lines. Vernon Hargreaves played hurt a lot last year and a healthy Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor is better than a hurt Hargreaves and one of them. They have more depth than I have seen on the defensive line, yet maybe no superstars. It is a very talented, fast and ferocious defense.

IT: Who takes up the slack for Florida with guys like Demarcus Robinson and Kelvin Taylor gone on to the NFL? Who generates the "splash" plays?

Redman: The running game has improved even though Taylor accounted for 70 percent of the running back carries a year ago. Nobody worked harder than Taylor on the entire team, but the four guys that lead in carries this year are all more physically talented than Fred Taylor's son. I'm a big Kelvin fan so it is hard to say that about the kid. Two freshmen have picked up a lot of the slack for Demarcus Robinson's absence, but look for junior C.J. Worton to break out any time after finally healing from injury that kept him out of a lot of fall drills and the opener. Freshman Tyrie Cleveland will also make a big move, but has missed a lot of time with injury.

IT: What can Tennessee do to score on Florida? Seems like a dynamic combination of experience and talent on all three levels of its defense.

Redman: To me, the best unit on the field Saturday is going to be the Florida defense. I thought it would be the Tennessee offense before the season, but things have changed. The Vols were very crafty a year ago with double passes and jump passes and the like and a throw-back to Dobbs. The Gators are a big pursuit team and very aggressive, so I think they have to catch them that way. Collins will bring the linebackers a lot, so the Vols have a chance to work the short to mid level of the field if they gameplan right. There is also that question of, what will they do against a quality team like Tennessee, they certainly haven't seen one yet.


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