Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Canes Dorsey Likes Pocket, but Gators Plan to Rock It

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Canes Dorsey Likes Pocket, but Gators Plan to Rock It

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer

GAINESVILLE -- As Florida safety Todd Johnson watched tape of Miami's offense earlier this week, he was supposed to be looking for ways to attack the Hurricanes. Instead, he found himself counting bodies.

Quarterback Ken Dorsey looked so fluid, so at ease in completing pass after pass that Johnson was wondering if the defense was short a player or two.

"He's just had so much experience and feels so comfortable out there that sometimes it looks like he's just out there playing catch with no defense," Johnson said.

Johnson doesn't want to see that on Saturday, when the top-ranked Hurricanes (1-0) meet the sixth-ranked Gators (1-0) at Florida Field. Johnson knows that if Dorsey looks like he did on tape, the Gators won't be able to snap the defending national champion Hurricanes' 23-game winning streak.

That's the Florida defense's task: Stop the quarterback.

Easier said than done.

Dorsey is 27-1 as a starter, has thrown 11 touchdowns and averaged 300 yards per game in four games against top-10 teams, and has thrown only 16 interceptions in 28 career starts.

"When he's able to sit back there and set his feet and throw the ball downfield, he's very accurate, as are all quarterbacks," Gators coach Ron Zook said. "When they have to move around a little bit, they're not quite as accurate. The thing we've got to do is figure ways to get pressure and get at him.

"That's the problem. They've done a great job of protecting him. They've done things with six-, seven-, eight-man [defensive] fronts where he can still sit back and be comfortable."

UF defensive coordinator John Thompson has designed his defense to rush four, five, six, seven or even eight men from as many formations. The Gators may show the same formation three times in a row, and rush three one time, six the next, and seven the time after that. …

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