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Louisiana Lafayette (5-3) at No. 6 Florida (8-1)
Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET
Florida Field, Gainesville, Fla.
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Gators to watch

Omarius Hines
Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesFlorida senior Omarius Hines will have an expanded role, including kickoff returns, on Saturday.
RB Omarius Hines: With WR/KR Andre Debose out with a knee injury, Hines will have to take over the role as the Gators’ primary ball carrier on the jet sweeps and the kick returner. He did it last week against Missouri and had a 36-yard TD run on a jet sweep. Hines isn’t as fast as Solomon Patton, but he is a more physical runner and that allows the Gators to use him in other ways, too. He’s a player who needs to touch the ball more and will get his chance again.

FS Josh Evans: Evans is having the best season of his career, and not only because he leads the Gators with 62 tackles. He has picked off two passes, broken up three others and has two sacks as a blitzer. His improvement has allowed the Gators to walk SS Matt Elam up to the line of scrimmage without worrying about giving up the big play.

RB Chris Johnson: He has only touched the ball five times on offense, but Johnson is pretty much everywhere on special teams. He nearly had a touchdown on a fumble return against South Carolina and he leads the Gators with nine special teams tackles.

Ragin’ Cajuns to watch

QB Terrance Broadway: He has filled in capably for Blaine Gautier (broken hand) and is coming off back-to-back games in which he has accounted for at least 349 yards of total offense. He threw for 265 and rushed for 84 against Arkansas State and threw for 373 and rushed for 87 against Louisiana-Monroe. He’ll have a tougher time against UF, which is giving up only 140.1 yards passing per game.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation is previewing each of Florida’s 2012 opponents. Today is Louisiana Lafayette (Nov. 10 in Gainesville).

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Blaine Gautier
Chuck Cook/US PresswireLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Blaine Gautier led an offense that averaged 269.5 yards per game passing last year.
2011 record: 9-4 (6-2 Sun Belt), beat San Diego State 32-30 in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Coach: Mark Hudspeth, second season (9-4); ninth season overall (75-25).

Series record: Florida leads 4-0.

Top returners: QB Blaine Gautier (216-344-6, 2,958 yards, 23 TDs; 486 yards, 3 TDs rushing); WR Javone Lawson (63 catches, 1,092 yards, 8 TDs); DB Jemarlous Moten (80 tackles, 3 INTs); DB Le’Marcus Gibson (45 tackles).

Did you know? The Ragin’ Cajuns made their first-ever bowl game last season.

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