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State football notes: UF’s Jacobs calls Arkansas ‘dirty’

GAINESVILLE — Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs is impressed by what he’s seen on film from the Arkansas offensive line, with the two teams meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Florida Field.

But he also doesn’t like some of the Hogs’ tactics.

“They’re real physical,’’ he said Tuesday. “I think they’re a little chippy. They’re a little dirty. So we’re going to have to be ready for it all this week.”

Jacobs pointed to Arkansas center Travis Swanson, who has started 43 games for the Razorbacks, tied for the second-longest consecutive streak in the NCAA.

“I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center, No. 64,’’ Jacobs said. “He’s a good athlete after the play. He makes you want to do something to him. We’re going to have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that.’’

NO BACK CONTROVERSY: While coach Will Muschamp has indicated UF will go with the “hot hand’’ at tailback, the job actually appears to belong to Matt Jones (Armwood) — especially after a 176-yard effort at UK in a 24-7 win.

“It seems like now we’re all trying to create the controversy of the running back deal, but I’ll say this: Matt did a very good job,’’ Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease said.

David Jones, Florida Today


Aguayo fits right in as Hopkins’ predecessor

TALLAHASSEE — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has no problem talking about his undefeated football team. The record is perfect for the No. 8-ranked team in FBS, but there’s room for improvement.

The topic of redshirt kicker Roberto Aguayo, however, is another story.

“Dadgumit, don’t jinx it,” Fisher said with a chuckle.

Aguayo is 26-for-26 on extra points and 7-for-7 on field goals in his first four collegiate games. His 47 points are on pace to surpass Dustin Hopkins’ Florida State single-season scoring record of 140 set in 2012.

“Everybody kept talking about Dustin and all that, he’s just doing a great job of being Roberto,” Fisher said, “which is a guy that’s extremely talented, has good leg strength and practices with great intensity and great consistency.”

The Associated Press


Game holds special meaning for Lewis

CORAL GABLES —The play was so simple when it started. Malcolm Lewis lined up near the left sideline, ran about 10 yards before catching a football that was zipping toward his chest, then began fighting for extra yards as a Georgia Tech defender tackled him.

Ordinary stuff.

What happened next was far from ordinary. Lewis’ body went one way. His left ankle went the other. And Miami coach Al Golden’s reaction to the gruesome scene is something Lewis cannot remember.

No. 14 Miami (4-0, 0-0 ACC) plays Saturday against Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1). There’s no ill will on Lewis’ part toward the Yellow Jackets – the tackle was clean, a fact no one ever disputed – but having the chance to be able to play against that team again makes this game carry a ton of additional significance to the Miami receiver.

“This is where my season ended last year,” Lewis said. “I’m just waiting to get on the field and show what I can do.”

The Associated Press

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