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Defensive end Dominique Easley (knee) and linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hamstring) are expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday. So are left tackle Xavier Nixon (upper body), guard James Wilson (eye) and center Jon Harrison (elbow).

Florida’s offensive line has been key to the team’s ground attack.

Senior Mike Gillislee is averaging a little more than 102 yards rushing a game. Two weeks ago against LSU, he ran 34 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel is averaging 54 yards a game on the ground and has scored four times. Last week at Vanderbilt, Driskel set a school record for rushing by a quarterback with 177 yards. He had touchdown runs of 13, 37 and 70 yards.

“If we can get the run stopped and make them one-dimensional, we’ll do very good,” South Carolina linebacker Shaq Wilson said.

The Gators have the same game plan, even if it’s backup Kenny Miles carrying the ball instead of Lattimore.

Without Lattimore last season, the Gamecocks ran for 215 yards in a 17-12 win against Florida.

Brandon Wilds had 120 yards rushing, and Shaw added 88 yards and two scores on the ground.

Shaw is just a winner, a guy that creates plays with his legs, does a lot of good things for their football team,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “The play is never dead with him. He can create so much with his legs and he’s a tough, hard-nosed, competitive guy, a guy you enjoy competing against because of the way he plays the game.”

South Carolina and Georgia were popular, preseason picks to win the East. Florida has been much more of a surprise in Muschamp’s second season.

The Gators have shown toughness, resiliency and a willingness to do whatever it takes to win games. They already avenged a 30-point loss to LSU and would like nothing more than to check the Gamecocks off the list next _ even if few players are willing to openly admit it.

“Really, to tell you the truth, it’s just another game for us,” Florida linebacker Jon Bostic said. “It’s another SEC opponent. We’ve got to play well to win this game. We can’t really look over them or look at this game any different than any other game.”