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Depth Improves Defensive Production

Depth Improves Defensive Production

The Florida defense couldn't handle injuries in 2011 because the team didn't have depth. That's not the case this year. After Jelani Jenkins went down, the Gators were able to plug in freshman Antonio Morrison and not skip a beat. The added depth has also helped the Florida defense to play well in the fourth quarter, where it hasn't allowed a point in three games this season.

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is purposely putting in more players during the early parts of the game to keep the starters fresh for the fourth quarter. It saves the legs of the defensive linemen to help provide a pass rush when the game is decided in the fourth quarter. "We are playing more players as part of our rotation. That was?really by design," Quinn said. "To finish a game and...

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