GAINESVILLE, Fla. When it comes to facing dual-threat quarterbacks, Floridas defense has earned a masters degree this season.
Floridas first test against a mobile quarterback came in the Southeastern Conference opener, when Texas A&M Heisman hopeful Johnny Manziel drove the Aggies 65 yards on 15 plays on his opening series as a collegiate quarterback.
Manziel connected on 6 of 8 passes and ran twice for 19 yards on the scoring drive, offering a glimpse of Johnny Football before anyone had heard of him. The Gators made the necessary adjustments and left College Station a 20-17 winner after limiting the Aggies to 65 yards of offense in the second half.
Floridas performance against Manziel looked more impressive each week, as the Aggies redshirt freshman became a national sensation. It also prepared the Gators defense for what was to come.
The Gators prepared regularly for quarterbacks who could make things happen on the run, from Vanderbilts Jordan Rodgers to South Carolinas ...