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Alligator Army Gameday Notebook: September 8, 2007

A look at the stories preceding today's game against Troy...

One of our old bosses, Steve Russell of WRUF in Gainesville, breaks down today's game. He takes notice of the secondary that did not perform well against Western Kentucky.

Florida's young defense showed its youth last week, missing some tackles and not doing some things right in the secondary. Hopefully with a game under its belt, the defense will play better, and it had better do so, because it will have to defend a spread offense attack that will use four and five receiver sets. Trojan quarterback Omar Haugabook is an experienced quarterback who can run and throw but he is inconsistent and has thrown picks at bad times. The secondary has a chance to make some plays in this game.

Perhaps they will play better today. But something like taking bad angles cannot be fixed in one game.


Brandon James and Markihe Anderson return, but Markus Manson should sit due to a sprained ankle.


The Dothan Eagle reports that Troy uses visual signals so they should have no problem dealing with the crowd in Gainesville.

"I don't want to put my foot in my mouth, but I don't think noise bothers our offense a whole lot," [Head Coach Larry] Blakeney said. "We hand-signal a lot, and there's some verbiage from the center.
"In the system we use, you're not going to see the quarterback shouting at five different guys."


Finally, we again turn to our man Chris Rainey for more awesomeness. The Independent Florida Alligator ran a story yesterday about the Pouncey twins. (They're best twins since Kirby Puckett and Jack Morris.) Anyway, they write how Rainey is the brother of Rod Smart. For those of you who do not own a XFL ball like I do, Rod Smart played for the Las Vegas Outlaws and the name plate on his jersey read, "He Hate Me".

I hope Rainey stays in Gainesville for four years. Every month there is something new and exciting to learn about this kid. First it was his assistance from Lakeland residents during his high school career, then his white girls comment, and now the relation to He Hate Me. Well played Mr. Rainey.