Gators host Jay in biggest game of season

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:48 PM.

Jay (3-3, 0-1) runs a spread offense similar to the one Auburn University used in winning the 2010 national championship.

"Kent Smith (Royal coach) does a great job, and his son was an assistant at Auburn under Gus Malzahn when they ran the Cam Newton stuff," Brunson said. "I think they do a good job with their spread and they do some spread read stuff.

"You've got your hands full defending them. We feel like we've got a good plan together and it's going to depend on how our guys go out and execute. They do a good job of getting guys in space so you have to make plays."

Brunson said Royal running back Braden Cross presents a threat with his speed and that quarterback Tate Upton is a good athlete throwing to Ashton Dennington at receiver.

The Royal player Brunson is most impressed with though is on the defensive side of the ball. Middle linebacker A.J. Nash is only a sophomore, but he has Brunson's attention.

"He's about 210 pounds and I haven't seen many linebackers that play like this kid," Brunson said.

Brunson might be impressed with Nash, but don't expect the Gators to vary from their proven formula of running the ball inside.



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