Tennessee vs Florida: Five Gators to Watch for Against the Vols

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Sep 26, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) and defensive lineman Alex McCalister (14) celebrate as they tackled Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The much-anticipated Tennessee vs Florida game is back this Saturday. Here are five Gators to watch for against the Volunteers in both teams’ SEC opener.

Perhaps the biggest game of Tennessee’s season and coach Butch Jones’ career will occur this Saturday: Tennessee vs Florida.

The No. 14 Vols face their archenemy the No. 19 Florida Gators at 3:30 p.m. in Neyland Stadium.

The game will be the first of a four-week stretch of back-to-back games against the toughest competition on Tennessee’s schedule. It is a stretch that will determine the trajectory of the Vols’ season for better or worse. And no game will have more influence on Tennessee’s season than the one against the Gators on Saturday.

We know that coming into this match-up with the Gators, Tennessee’s major areas of concern are the abysmal play of their offensive line, linebacker depth, and now—with the news that senior cornerback and team captain Cam Sutton will miss an extended period of time with a fractured ankle—the overall well-being of their secondary.

In order to make up for these shortcomings, the Vols will have to rely on the usual suspects. That’s the only way they can break an eleven-game losing streak to the Gators.

The abilities of Josh Dobbs, Jalen Hurd, Derek Barnett, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin will have to be used to their full extent if Tennessee wants to win. This is a given.

But who are some of the key play-makers that could make a difference for the Florida Gators? Which players should the Vols be on the look out for once kickoff arrives?

Here are five Florida Gators players that Vol Nation should keep a close eye on this Saturday in the Tennessee vs Florida game.

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