Posted: 2:08 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
By Jason Lieser
How does Gators coach Will Muschamp get his players to stop tackling each other? The latest mishap involved RB Matt Jones’ potential 79-yard touchdown run being cut 12 yards short because WR Quinton Dunbar accidentally pulled him down while trying to get in position to block.
“I don’t know,” Muschamp said after his team beat Kentucky 24-7 tonight. “It’s a good problem to have. It means we’re getting the ball. But yeah, I saw Quinton run into Matt there. We’ll discuss that on the plane ride back. I know I’ll get plenty of good suggestions, so that’ll be good.”
Florida had the ball at its own 21-yard line with 11:12 left in the second quarter when Jones broke loose down the left sideline. With only one or (possibly) two Kentucky defenders in position to make a play on him, he cut back to the middle of the field and had a clear route to the end zone.
Dunbar was trailing on the play and attempted to get around Jones to help secure his path, but wound up taking him down with his right arm.
Dunbar, who also had two catches for 48 yards, was not available to the media after the game to explain what happened, but teammate Trey Burton tried.
“Dunbar was trying to swim him and get on the other side of him,” he said. “He tried to swim him and made contact with him on accident.”
Even with those 12 yards being swiped from him, Jones ran 28 times for a career-high 176 yards and scored a touchdown.
He did not seem upset with Dunbar.
“I was downfield trying to cut back and go to the other way and beat the corner, but Dunbar came across and he was trying to block the corner, too,” Jones said. “I really didn’t see him out of the corner of my eye, and he kind of hit my leg.”
Last week, Florida DT Darious Cummings caught an interception and was barreling toward the end zone when teammate Dominique Easley accidentally tripped him from behind.