Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Notebook; UF Losing the Battle of Turnovers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Notebook; UF Losing the Battle of Turnovers

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Byline: Michael DiRocco

Quick University of Florida trivia question: Which defensive player had the Gators' last turnover?

It's OK to struggle with the answer, because it happened nearly a month ago.

Linebacker Michael Taylor picked off Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton and returned it 30 yards to the Kentucky 45-yard line. That was the last time UF forced a turnover, and the streak has reached 13 1/2 quarters - or 202 minutes, 43 seconds.

"Right now, things that have really hurt our team, obviously, is turnover margin," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "We haven't had a turnover defensively in the last three ball games. It's something we emphasize, we talk about."

For the past three weeks, talk is all it has been. UF didn't force a turnover against Alabama, LSU or Auburn, while turning it over seven times.

"We haven't created any turnovers and whenever we do create turnovers it looks good for the Gators," defensive tackle Jaye Howard said. "We're putting our offense in good field position [when they do create turnovers]. We haven't been getting it and we have to get back to playing our style of defense, causing havoc and disrupting the quarterback."

WILDS STEPPING IN

With the season-ending knee injury to Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina has turned to a player coach Steve Spurrier originally wanted to redshirt to lead the Gamecocks' running game.

Brandon Wilds, a freshman from Blythewood (S.C.) High School, will start in Lattimore's place when the Gamecocks play at Tennessee on Oct. 29. He was fourth on the depth chart when the season began.

"We were talking about redshirting him, holding him out," Spurrier said. "He was covering kickoffs and doing some stuff and I said, 'Wait and see what happens.' "

Good thing they did. Lattimore's injury is just the latest setback for South Carolina's backs. …

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