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“It’s always hard to lose one of your best playmakers on the team,” Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy said. “I just hate it for Warren. He’s a great athlete, a great player. But we just got to go on.”

Vanderbilt does have Casey Hayward, tied for the NCAA lead with five interceptions, and defensive end Tim Fugger ranks third with four forced fumbles.

The Gators will have to take care of the ball like they did against Georgia when they had only one turnover. Meyer also tried to make Vanderbilt prepare for more than just Brantley and Burton. He said former quarterback, now tight end Jordan Reed would throw a pass against the Commodores.

“The issue is right now we’re ham-and-egging, you know what I mean by that?” Meyer said. “I mean you’re doing this with Trey, you’re doing this, you’re doing this, but we have to move the ball in a very difficult climate to move the ball. It’s called Southeastern Conference and it’s called injuries, and we are getting some pieces back.”