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REPORT CARD: Don't knock Mullen; Play calling grades an 'A'

GAINESVILLE -- I've decided to post my weekly Gators' report card on Tuesday. I know most reporters and websites do this right after the game, but I like to watch the replay on Monday night, eat a plate of nachos and then give my full opinion on the game. I feel like this way the review will be more complete. And we won't forget to leave out the receivers this time.

QUARTERBACKS ... B
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had one of his puniest games statistically on Saturday in the Gators' 30-6 win against Tennessee. Cause for concern? Of course not. This is a different Tebow this year, folks. Get used to it. He's bulked up a bit this season, he's a step slower and he's being asked to play a different role. (At least so far.) Tebow completed just 8-of-15 passes for 96 yards and rushed for 26 carries on 12 attempts on Saturday but he did toss two touchdowns and, for the third game, didn't throw an interception or lose a fumble. He didn't get an 'A' because some of his rushes could have been passes and he didn't see a wide open Percy Harvin in the third quarter. It would have been a touchdown.

RUNNING BACKS ... A
Emmanuel Moody averaged 6.1 yards per carry and was a much better back than Tennessee's Arian Foster. I spoke wth Moody on Monday and he told me his playing weight is up five pounds this season (to 205) in order to take the pounding from SEC defenses. Moody got a taste of what SEC defenses are like on Saturday. He wouldn't exactly say that Tennessee's defense played dirty, but Moody did say there were plenty of extra-curricular activities going on at the bottom of the dog piles. Chris Rainey ran well at times but missed a few reads. Percy Harvin looked like his usual explosive self.

WIDE RECEIVERS ... B
Paging Louis Murphy. Louis Murphy where are you? Tight end Aaron Hernandez seems to be Tebow's favorite target these days. And what was up with that shovel pass to Hernandez on the first drive of the game? It worked, but I wouldn't call that play very often.

OFFENSIVE LINE ... B
Those option plays didn't go so smoothly. Other than that, the O-line played well. Tebow was pressured a few times but wasn't harassed. Jim Tartt played looked good in his return to the starting line-up.

PLAY CALLING ... A
Everyone needs to lay off Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. What's the problem, folks? Ever watch a football game? When your team goes up 20-0 at the half against a team as bad as Tennessee, the last thing you want to do is help that bad team score points. Florida didn't throw the ball downfield much. It was a shrewd decision. Why? Because that kept the ball far away from the one Volunteer who could have changed the game quickly, Tennessee safety Eric Berry. Mullen was wise in letting Moody, Tebow, Harvin and Rainey rush the ball and get the game over with as quickly as possible. Sometimes less is the correct call.

DEFENSIVE LINE ... B
Sophomore defensive end Carlos Dunlap is gradually improving. He had five tackles, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage. Junior defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was limited by a knee injury. Did anyone see Terron Sanders chase down Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton. Gotta be embarrassing for that guy.

LINEBACKERS ... A+
Florida's best unit on Saturday. Brandon Spikes talked a big game and backed it up with 10 tackles (seven solo). A.J. Jones had seven tackles and a pass break-up. He might be the defenses most improved player. Ryan Stamper shined as well with five tackles, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.

CORNERBACKS ... B
Janoris Jenkins was excellent. The true freshman had an interception and also forced a fumble. Those were game-changing plays. Joe Haden is playing like an all-SEC corner. He had eight tackles and a pass break-up. Wondy Pierre-Louis missed tackles and just looked out of place among Florida's other defenders.

SAFETIES ... A
Major Wright had eight tackles and a pass break-up. Ahmad Black continues to impress. He assisted on four tackles and also broke up a pass. Will Hill is Florida's special teams dynamo.

SPECIAL TEAMS ... A+
Brandon James scored a touchdown and returned the opening kickoff more than 50 yards. Chas Henry had one punt for 57 yards. Major Wright had an incredible play on punt coverage. Kicker Jonathan Phillips made 3-of-3 field goals.

-jo-

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What a bunch of bull. Dan Mullen deserves a flat "F". The combined Miami and Tennessee games are the worst playcalling I have ever seen.

Mullen lacks any sense of coherency on offense. For example, when was the last time you saw Tebow run a pitch option to the left FOLLOWED by the same play but Tebow pass in the flat or downfield? Right, you never have because Mullen can't put two consistent play together.

Also Mullen really doesn't understand the essence of what Spurrier taught the Gators, i.e. the object of the game is to score, not possess the ball. Mullen always goes lateral instead of vertical.

The Gators should be averaging 50 points a game and instead are playing some kind of piddle-around offensive football.

My last example is what is the point of having the fastest set of receivers in Dinvision I if you don't throw downfield?

Regards,
GatorKen
Lakeland, Fla

GatorKen - You got it correct. I read the #1 team in America blog and some of the statistics that fellow writers added show that this offense isn't very good. Out of 12 teams in the SEC we are ranked 9th. We have points but just watching the game I see now flow. I'm not a fan of Mullen and I can't stand all the lateral plays for 2 or 3 yards. Open it up and throw the ball downfield!

You're an idiot.

As far as Mullen's lateral offense goes, maybe you just don't like the spread offense. Florida scored on five of its six possessions, converted 4-of-5 chances in the red zone and only had to punt once. Style points aren't the same as scoreboard points.

-jo-

This is the type of crap we receive on the UM blog, so for all you UM haters that don't want us on your site then keep this girl off our site.

Florida GATORS 24
miami outerbands 3

Urban Meyer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
RS 7-8

TIM TEBOW - 1-0 AGAINST YOU FLUNKIES (OVER 255 YARDS), HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. WORLD KNOWN PERSONALITY. HAS NEVER BEEN ARRESTED

robert marve - 55 yards, 0-1 against a REAL TEAM, nobody knows him except the Miami,(Coconut Grove incident)and campus police.

SEC - 3 teams TOP 5
acc - Weak Forest Gump 16

Could we agree the acc (All Crying Conference) is a joke?

BTW, how is the 7 years football eligibility program going? I know Cook graduated from the 6 years.

Remember that hurricanes can't reach GAINESVILLE and GATORS rule miami. You're all invited,(To work as waiters), to our GALA FUNCTION at Merrick Park in October and to the University of Florida football camp at Coral Gables High this coming January.

erbal Mind,

Florida GATORS 24
miami outerbands 3

Urban Meyer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
RS 7-8

TIM TEBOW - 1-0 AGAINST YOU FLUNKIES (OVER 255 YARDS), HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. WORLD KNOWN PERSONALITY. HAS NEVER BEEN ARRESTED

robert marve - 55 yards, 0-1 against a REAL TEAM, nobody knows him except the Miami,(Coconut Grove incident)and campus police.

SEC - 3 teams TOP 5
acc - Weak Forest Gump 16

Could we agree the acc (All Crying Conference) is a joke?

BTW, how is the 7 years football eligibility program going? I know Cook graduated from the 6 years.

Remember that hurricanes can't reach GAINESVILLE and GATORS rule miami. You're all invited,(To work as waiters), to our GALA FUNCTION at Merrick Park in October and to the University of Florida football camp at Coral Gables High this coming January.


Posted by: GATOR NATION | September 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

lol with all ur facts u forget to mention these

TOTAL WINS BETWEEN TWO TEAMS
UM 28
UF 26

UF GETS FIRST WIN OVER PROGRAM SINCE 1985.

UF TOOK 53 YEARS TO WIN FIRST SEC TITLE

OUT OF 7 GAMES SINCE 85 YOU ONLY WON ONE...

IN HUNDRED YEARS UF HAS TWO TITLES

WE HAVE FIVE SO I GUESS U GUYS WELL HAVE AT LEAST 4 IN 3016...... LOSERS.........

UF HAS NO I REPEAT NO UNDEFEATED SEASONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM

THE U HAS THREE.

TIM TEBAG IS NOT HAVING A HIESMAN YEAR AND ALL URBAN CRIER CAN DO IS WWWWWWHHINNNEE ABOUT THE PLAY CLOCK AND HAS IT DAWNED ON HIM THAT THE WHOLE COLLAGE LANDSCAPE HAS TO DEAL WITH THOSE RULES NOT JUST THE GAYTURDS

AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF
UM MORE PLAYERS THEN ANY AND I MEAN ANY COLLAGES ON NFL ROSTERS TODAY

UF JESSE PALMER IS THE YOUNGEST ANCHOR IN THE HISTORY OF ESPN REX GROSSMAN SITTING BENCH BEHIND WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JABEER GAFFENY LOL THATS ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT
DESHAN WYNN ( DONT KNOW HOW TO SPELL HIS NAME AND DONT REALLY CARE)
CHAD JACKSON CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE HE IS...
CHRIS LEAK HHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I THINK I SAW HIM DOWN HERE AT AIR IT OUT... LOSERS U LOOK UP TO THE U AND THATS WHY U CANT LET GO OF MONE MESSILY WIN... ONE WIN MAKES U.. ONE WIN MAKES U... ONE WIN MAKES U....

The score was 26-3. Dumbass.

Miami boy...I mean Miamiboi...Thank you for acting like an idiot from Miami. Go back to Hialeah high and suck on a bullet.

^^^^^^ ONE WIN MAKES UUUUUUUUUUUUU


The score was 26-3. Dumbass.

Posted by: Alex | September 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM

LOL LOL OOOOOO SOMEONE IS REAL COMFERTABLE IN THEIR OWN HOME... OK INTERNET THUG..... LOLL AND IM FROM NORTH MIAMI JORT GET IT RIGHT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Gators safety Jamar Hornsby has been kicked off the team after turning himself in Friday to answer charges he allegedly used the credit card of a woman killed six months ago in an accident that also killed a teammate.

o yeah u guys our full of good morals... yeah rite

GO CANES

hhhhheeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee gator gator gator gator

Remember that hurricanes can't reach GAINESVILLE and GATORS rule miami

1 win in seven tries begs to differ

Urban Liar is now Urban Whiner!

I don't like the new time clock it is bothering my play calling???

Same rules apply to all other college team, just shut up and play gimmick football.

I'm from South Miami. What is your point?

miamiboi, are you really that stupid? Collage? Did you mean college? Obviously you never went to one.

Miami boy...I mean Miamiboi...Thank you for acting like an idiot from Miami. Go back to Hialeah high and suck on a bullet.

Posted by: Alex | September 23, 2008 at 12:29 PM


GO BACK TO HIALEAH....... HA WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!111

THATS MY POINT JORT


miamiboi, are you really that stupid? Collage? Did you mean college? Obviously you never went to one.

Posted by: Robert | September 23, 2008 at 01:48 PM


GO CANES COLLAGE OR COLLEGE WE ARE STILL BETTER (TRADITIONALLY THEN THE GAYTURDS.)

HATE IT OR LOVE IT

RESPECT IT OR CHECK IT

GET DOWN OR LAY DOWN

U CHOOSE?


miamiboisince85
My flag football team the "misfits" beat chris leaks this year in let it fly. they couldnt match our speed in flag football. Pathetic!!

Posted by: Lou of M | September 23, 2008 at 01:33 PM


I SAID AIR IT OUT LOOKS LIKE HE WAS IN LET IT FLY. MY MISTAKE LOL GO CHRIS LEAK

Back to the subject. Lots of points vs. sorry teams means nothing. This Florida team is well rounded and are very mature. With defense, special teams and our offense we dictate the game. Hawaii was average and we blew them out. Miami is good, how good? We'll see, maybe good enough to win the ACC and get a big bowl. So, that win will look better as the season goes on. We beat Tenn 30-6 at Tenn. I know the Vols are not very good right now but hell the National Championship team in 2006 had to come from behind to win by a single point in knoxville. It's tough to win on the road in the SEC, period. I love lots of points but I love having a dominating defense better.

The Gator's offense is frustrating to watch, but it is getting the job done. I liked Moody, but I didn't understand why Tebow kept the ball so much - especially in the 4th quarter! If you are playing conservative, you keep the ball on the ground, but that doesn't mean you use Tebow more than anyone else. When Tebow runs the option, the pitch man needs to be farther out. The Tenn defender was able to play both Tebow and Harvin at the same time. Tebow up the middle from anywhere beyond the 10 yard line is not a good use of your personnel. We've got talented RBs this year. Moody should get the ball 20 times a game. I'd like to see Moody as the RB and Percy as a receiver in motion with Tebow handing to either, keeping it, or throwing to Hernandez or of the the lightning-fast receivers. It seems like they could run that play 30 times a game with success. Lots of options. Mullen doesn't seem to running plays that have more than 2 options on any given play. Tebow hands off or keeps it. Mix it up, please! The defense should not know whose hands the ball will end up in or first, second, or 3rd and short situations.

Florida didn't need to show its hand against Tennessee. Miami is obviously a good team and Florida dismantled the Canes in the fourth quarter. What's the problem?

-jo-

Just win baby! Stats are for fantasy football nerds. We only had seven drives against Tenn and scored on 5 of them. There was really only the possibility of maybe 100 more yards that we left on the field. Who cares? 30-6 over UT at home? I'll take that to the bank all day. And, to the Miami fans, the game is over...you lost. Go worry about UNC.

GATOR NATION dont come to a gun fight with a knife.

Too funny. Even the beat writer gets in the gutter with the 15 year old kids from both sides.

Get in the gutter? I was born in the gutter ... with your mom.

-jo-

everyone that is clowning Mullen doesn't really get football. i too think that the offense LOOKED better last year, but lets keep in mind that we only punted the ball ONCE against Tennessee. There's absolutely no need to throw deep once we are up 17 or 20. we won our title in 06 with a barely better-than-average offense. i love fellow Gator fans, but my god, just enjoy the fact that we dismantled an SEC East rival and stop complaining.....stop referencing what Spurrier taught us, the league is different now. enjoy that we got ourselves a legitimate defense and probably the best special teams in America at the moment. the offense will click soon enough, and watch out when it does

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