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Toledo WR Says Rockets Can Wear Down Florida Gators in Second Half

Oct 20, 2012; Toledo, OH, USA; Toledo Rockets wide receiver Bernard Reedy (1) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Glass Bowl. Toledo won 29-23. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 30, 2013

Sometimes it's best for some teams to keep quiet and let the play on the field do the talking.

Like with Toledo wide receiver Bernard Reedy, who is a little too confident about the Rockets' chances when they play Florida on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET. He told Will Kunkel of NorthwestOhio.com that Florida does have a key weakness (h/t Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports).

"Since I've been watching film on them, I've seen that late in the game ... they still don't go as hard as they do in the first and second quarters," Reedy told reporters. "So I feel like if we can just keep pressure on them the whole game, we could eventually wear them down."

There's a first. Usually SEC teams are the ones wearing the opponents down, which is why they are so successful in nonconference play. Other teams aren't used to the physicality, speed and overwhelming depth of talent.

If there was a team that could wear Florida down, the first 50 teams that come to mind wouldn't include Toledo. It's a school that has been ranked once in the AP Poll since 2001 and just recently qualified for a bowl game in three straight seasons for the first time since 1969-1971. MAC programs are more known for scoring and not playing a lick of defense. That's not exactly the recipe for wearing down an opponent.

But to be fair, Toledo does have an offense full of playmakers who could put pressure on Florida's defense. Reedy is a senior who has caught 134 passes for 1,895 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. Quarterback Terrance Owens has tossed 45 touchdowns in his career and running back David Fluellen is coming off a 1,498-yard rushing performance.

Still, Florida's defense is something Toledo hasn't seen playing in a non-BCS conference. It's full of youth and depth to the point it will take more than a few talented players to get the upper hand.

Reedy is confident in his team and you can't knock him for trying, but he is likely going to be the player who is worn out by the end of the game.

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