Gators offensive line hopes to improve protection

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

After giving up five sacks to Georgia in a 17-9 loss last Saturday, the Florida offensive line held a meeting to address their play this week.

There were plenty of culprits for the Florida Gators' poor play on offense in their 17-9 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville, none bigger than the offensive line, which was shredded by a Bulldogs defense that dominated the line of scrimmage for most of the game.

The Gators gave up 5 sacks as Jeff Driskel was running for his life for most of the day, a key factor in their 6 turnovers against the Bulldogs.

As a result, two of the leaders of the Florida line -- senior tackle Xavier Nixon and junior center Jonotthan Harrison -- called a meeting to address their problems. Harrison, who talked to reporters on Wednesday, doesn't expect another performance like last Saturday the rest of the season (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times):

"Last game wasn't our best performance, but we've shown what we're capable of, and it's well known the potential that our offensive line has," Harrison said. "I just know we're going to bounce back this Saturday (against Missouri) and make sure everyone is fundamentally sound on the offensive line."

At the very least, the Gators probably won't face another pass rusher the caliber of Georgia All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones, who had 13 tackles and 3 sacks last Saturday.

However, in the SEC, there's no rest for the weary, as Florida will have their hands full against a stout Missouri Tigers line headlined by Sheldon Richardson, a likely early-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, this week.

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