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

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Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws a pass as he pressured by Florida Gators linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) during the second quarter in the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

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Jarrad Davis

Linebacker, Senior

The first of many Gator defenders who can wreak havoc on Tennessee’s struggling offensive line, Jarrad Davis looks to finish his career at Florida undefeated in the Tennessee vs Florida game.

Davis was pegged to be one of the best linebackers in the SEC and the country in the preseason and early indications are that he is living up to his lofty expectations.

Through Florida’s first three games, Davis has accumulated 18 tackles, two TFLs and two sacks.

Davis is essentially the heart and soul of the Gator rush defense. If the Vols hope to recreate the success they had in the ground game against Florida a year ago (254 yards), they will have to get through Davis in order to make a big rushing play.

That’s where the challenge lies.

While Davis may not be the best tackler at times, his ability to quickly cover the field could make it difficult for the Vols to run outside the tackles on Saturday.

Also, you know that Florida coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinators Geoff Collins and Randy Shannon would like to take advantage of the Vols offensive line woes (we’ll touch on that more in this list) from the opening drive. A blitzing Davis could spell disaster for the UT offense.

Davis had a solid performance against Tennessee last year (seven tackles, one TFL) but it was far from what he’s capable of. Be sure to keep watch on this powerful LB when the Vols are on offense.

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