Early offensive woes for Gators

September, 4, 2010
9/04/10
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Can't resist, so I'm going to say it: What was all that chatter about Florida not missing a beat with Tim Tebow gone?

The Gators have had two offensive possessions in the opener against Miami (Ohio) and turned the ball over both times.

The first one came on a bad snap, and Chris Rainey lost a fumble after catching a short pass on the Gators' second possession.

Even more telling, though, was that Florida was unable to convert on a fourth-and-short near midfield. Emmanuel Moody was stuffed in the backfield for a loss. It ended up working out for the Gators because Miami was offsides, but those were the types of short-yardage situations Tebow converted in his sleep the last three years.

That's where the Gators are really going to miss him, and they've got to find somebody they can lean on to get the tough yards.

To this point, Florida has gotten very little, period, out of its running game and is using the I-formation some.

Also, Deonte Thompson couldn't come up with a deep pass in the first quarter that would have been a touchdown. He was plagued by drops last season.

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