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Florida vs. Miami, Theater of Operations: Looking at the Gators' defense, which came to play

The Gators lost to the Hurricanes on Saturday, we all know that. We've looked back at the offense long enough and today we'll look at the one Gators unit that was ready to play on Saturday, the defense.

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With apologies to Solomon Patton and Quinton Dunbar, I think it's fair to say that the only Florida Gators to show up this past Saturday in Miami was the defense. Not counting the first quarter, I believe the stat was the Miami Hurricanes had under 40 yards of offense.

That's phenomenal. I don't care who you're playing.

Now I don't think anybody is blaming the defense at all. And they shouldn't. The defense came to play, if there was any doubt, as they will all year I'm sure. So let's go to the tape.

Play No. 1: Ronald Powell's sack


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This is play is all Powell. He's going one-on-one with the right tackle and let's just say that with one move he wins the battle and the war. I was laughing after this play because the announcers were just talking about Powell and his abilities before the play.

Can you say justified?


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Just one inside move is all it takes to burn the right tackle badly.


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Powell makes a good move here. The right tackle's only move is to bump Powell towards the rest of the line, which he does and it actually turns Powell around so that he's facing the wrong way. Powell makes a quick spin move to face Stephen Morris again and complete the sack.


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Got heeem!

Play No. 2: Veron Hargreaves III gets an interception


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Hargreaves will be in one-on-one coverage on the play here. Now the ball is going to end up being overthrown, in large part because of the pressure brought on by the defensive line, but Hargreaves plays the ball perfectly and will get the interception.


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The pressure led by Jonathan Bullard causes Morris to step up into the pocket and throw the ball awkwardly from his front foot. This will cause the ball to be overthrown as opposed to off his back foot and under-thrown.


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It's a great catch by Hargreaves (yellow circle). Now I'm terrible at math, geometry or whatever this is, but from what I can see is about a six yard difference between where Hargreaves catches the ball and where the receiver is. I'm sure there is some mathematical formula to find out the true distance -- like that question about how tall the tree is if the shadow is 16-feet long at 2:00pm in the afternoon or whatever -- so if you math whizzes want to take a shot, I'm all ears.

Play No. 3: Loucheiz Purifoy's blocked punt

(For the record, I initially didn't want to cover this play for a variety of reasons, like the camera angle but due to time constraints I was forced to do so. My apologies.)


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He isn't really visible at the snap, but Purifoy is there. I promise.


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As Purifoy becomes visible in the picture, it's clear that Miami doesn't have a blocker set up to block him. He's got a clear path to the punter and he is going to take advantage of it.


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And there's the block. It was a nice play by Purifoy and it was the only time the offense could capitalize on anything the defense  or special teams did.

So we're moving on, yes? Done with the Miami stuff? Hopefully.