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Chomping at Bits: Florida’s disruptive defensive line

The Gators benefit from a rotation of veteran leaders and younger players on their d-line.

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On the Gators’ defensive line: Injuries to several of Florida’s veteran defensive line players led to playing time for the Gators’ younger linemen. Now with the veterans returning, Florida has an eight to ten player rotation along their defensive line entering their tough November stretch of games. (Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Jordan Cronkrite will travel to Arkansas: Jim McElwain confirmed that Cronkrite will travel with the team this weekend. (Ryan Young, SEC Country; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida’s offensive line making strides: The O-line, which allowed an SEC worst 45 sacks last season, has allowed just nine sacks through seven games this year. That is 12th best in the country and second in the SEC. (Nick de la Torre, Gator Country)

Profile of Martez Ivey: The Gators’ offensive lineman was named SEC offensive lineman of the week for his performance against Georgia. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Florida football’s Wednesday press conference links:

On Florida’s “low-excitement offense” vs. Arkansas’ “disappointing defense”: The Razborbacks have struggled against tempo teams and stopping the run. Both the Gators and Razorbacks are at the top of the SEC in time of possession. Florida also has the best third-down conversion percentage in the SEC, and the fifth best in the nation. (Tom Murphy, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Did you know that Vernon Hargreaves III’s father is Arkansas’ linebacker coach? The elder Vernon Hargreaves will be on the Razorbacks’ sideline Saturday. This feels like one of those things that CBS will mention during their broadcast, along with Randy Shannon having worked for Bielema at Arkansas before joining the Gators. (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

Gators have options for replacing Jordon Scott: Scott, a three-star DT recruit, decommitted from Florida this week. Florida is targeting four-star Aubrey Solomon and three-star Tyrone Truesdell. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Feature on Florida’s secondary:

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