A Florida Gators player sent a strong message to the Tennessee Vols this week.
Specifically, he sent a message to Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker.
Gators linebacker Amari Burney said this week that they’ll have a “good game plan” for Hooker, before adding “I can’t give away too much”.
(Florida and Tennessee kick off at 2:30 PM CT/3:30 PM ET on CBS on Saturday.)
#Gators LB Amari Burney says "we're going to have a very good game plan" for Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker: "I can't give away too much."— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) September 21, 2022
I’m not really sure how Tennessee’s coaching staff or Vols fans should take this.
But I’m guessing it means that Florida is going to approach the Tennessee game with a different defensive look than what they’ve put on tape the first few weeks of the season.
Or maybe Burney just didn’t know how else to answer the question — though his “I can’t give away too much” comment seems to indicate that the Gators have a specific defensive strategy in mind.
After all, it’s not like Hooker is a run-first quarterback. He makes plays with his arm before his legs (though he’s capable of making plays with his legs when necessary).
And the plays Hooker makes with his arm are completely predicated on what kind of defensive look he gets. The best way for Florida to have success against Hooker and the Vols is to disguise their defensive looks.
Tennessee’s tempo, however, makes that a difficult task.
It should be an interesting chess match on Saturday. I tend to think the advantage goes to the Vols, but games in this series can be unpredictable.
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