Quick snaps could hurt UT

Odds are, Florida's offense will attempt to quick-snap Tennessee in Saturday night's game at Neyland Stadium. The Gators often gain a tactical advantage by starting a play while the defense is still aligning itself. This puts a premium on Vol defenders getting out of the huddle and into position promptly.

''Our biggest thing is to make sure we're able to line up,'' defensive coordinator John Chavis said. ''They're back on the ball (to initiate the next play) as quick as anybody we'll see. They'll try to snap the ball before you're ready.''

Chavis likes the chess-match aspect of football, regularly adjusting his personnel based on what he anticipates the offense will run. Because of Florida's quick-snap tendencies, however, the Vol coordinator may have to be a little more basic than usual this weekend.

''Our biggest concern is not trying to trick them,'' Chavis said. ''It's us being able to get lined up and ready to play (before the snap).''

The quick-snap strategy is no new development. Florida used it with some success against Tennessee last season.

''When you look at last year's game, we played really well until we let them get us out of sync with some of the hurry-up stuff,'' Chavis said. ''If you give folks momentum on those types of plays, that takes away from what you're doing.

''Our biggest concern with a young defensive team is getting them lined up and ready to play. I don't think we'll be trying to trick THEM. We've got our hands full just getting lined up.''


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