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Florida Gators want to pass downfield more

The Florida Gators are looking to pass down the field more often. What does quarterback Jeff Driskel have to say about the passing game?

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Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel knows that there will come a time where the Gators will need to pass down field to win a game. In last week's game against the LSU Tigers, the Gators ran the ball 25 consecutive times to end the game, gaining 160 of their 176 rushing yards in the second half.

The passing attack probably won't come against the Vaderbilt Commodores who have an undersized front seven and are 11th in the SEC in rush defense, allowing 179 yards per game. In an interview with Kevin Brockway of The Gainesville Sun, Driskel acknowledges its just a matter of time before SEC defenses get wise to their current gameplan:

"We're going to have to hit big plays down the field in the passing game. We haven't had to yet, fortunately, because we've ran the ball so well and been so efficient in the run game.

"But when you start hitting more runs, hitting more big plays, they'll start coming up. When they start coming up, there's more chances to hit it over their head."

So far this season, the Gators have completed 10 passes of 20 yards or more, seven of which came in the games against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers. Driskel thinks that better timing could help them out in the passing game:

"The drops have to match up to the route and I have to get rid of the ball on time, instead of moving up a little bit or patting the ball a couple extra times. There's just times I could have gotten rid of the ball on time and when I didn't the window closed up, he looked like he was covered. When that happens, you have to throw it away."

The Gators play against the Commmodores on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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