Missouri vs. Florida 2012: Big day for Gators' secondary

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Florida Gators came up with four interceptions against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday.

The Florida Gators' secondary was on the other end of four Missouri interceptions in Saturday's 14-7 win against the SEC newcomers. Andy Hutchins, from SB Nation's Florida blog, called the unit outstanding in his game recap.

All four interceptions went to a different Florida defensive back, including back-to-back picks in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Watkins intercepted James Franklin's pass in the second quarter at the Missouri 35 and returned it 16 yards.

Matt Elam caught Franklin's pass at the Florida 4-yard line and took it back 42 yards. Jon Bostic and Josh Evans came up with the fourth-quarter interceptions to help the Gators secure the victory against Missouri.

Hutchins had this to say:

"This is a very good secondary, despite the size disadvantages it will always have until bigger players arrive and despite the relative lack of depth (Florida rotates nine defensive linemen at four positions, and plays six defensive backs at six). It'll take a hit when Matt Elam and Evans are gone after this season, but it's been fun to watch this unit perform beyond expectations this year, and with a slew of young players behind the top line, it's likely to get better than it is now eventually."

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