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Expect heavy dose of ground game by Gators against Tennessee

Malik Davis

Former Florida tight end and current sideline reporter on the Gators IMG Network, Tate Casey, joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to discuss numerous topics surrounding this Gator football team, starting with starting quarterback Feleipe Franks.

“I would love to see a little bit of continued development,” Casey told 1010XL. “A lot of people point the finger at Franks, but I see a lot of value there. Not a lot of people see on specific plays a route that could have been a little better to help his cause, or a dropped pass.

“I think Dan Mullen has got a lot to work with. There is a lot of upside and then I’ll tie it right back to the run game. If there is anything that can help a young quarterback get better as he gets older, it’s the run game.

“If you can successfully run the football in the SEC, you have a chance to win games. If you can do that and help a young quarterback grow in the process, you really have a chance to win games.

Casey was asked about the Florida run game to this point in the season.

“For me personally, what I’ve noticed from the sidelines in the last three games, is the run game, and especially up front along the offensive line, we need to polish up a few things,” Casey said. “I really think there is going to be a heavy emphasis on the run game this week.”

When it comes to the Florida defense through the first three games of 2018, Casey has liked what he has seen.

“We have a really good defense,” Casey said. “We have a defense that flies around the football and when they go they can be really good. I don’t want to label them as a great defense yet, but when they flip the switch on and they keep it on they can go.

“I’m really excited to see these guys get there, experience it, settle down a little bit in the first half and I think if you can get the run game going to help Feleipe’s cause, the defense will respond well to that.”

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