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Third down's a charm

Florida's defense has succeeeded at getting off the field

Updated: December 29, 2012, 5:54 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

NEW ORLEANS -- Florida's third-down defense is one of the best in the nation.

Pinpointing exactly why, however, isn't so easy.

The Gators are allowing opponents to convert on only 28 percent of their third downs, which ranks fourth in the country. Depending on whom you ask, there are several reasons: better play on first and second downs, better communication, better discipline and getting pressure without having to blitz.

"We've created a lot more favorable down and distances ...

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