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Gators Grades: Substitute shines

GAINESVILLE -- Before I re-watch the tape (probably tomorrow or Monday) of No. 19 Florida’s ugly win (31-17) over an undermanned Tennessee team, here are some rapid reaction grades.

ICYMI: My notebook discussing the Gators’ defensive performance, Brian Poole’s ejection and more.


Tyler Murphy impressed, filling in admirably for the injured Jeff Driskel. The Gators again dominated the stat sheet -- but this time they didn’t self-destruct in the red zone. UF went 4-of-5 inside Tennessee’s 20-yard line -- with three touchdowns. Florida amassed 256 rushing yards on 56 attempts, but again averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry (3.7). It was a crazy game. The Gators fumbled the ball six times but managed to recover the ball four times. It wasn’t an extraordinary performance, but one worthy of a victory -- especially after losing a starting quarterback.


Tennessee’s halftime line: 5 passing yards, 4 turnovers, 3 first downs. Sheesh. The Vols started a redshirt freshman quarterback -- Nathan Peterman -- in his first-career start in The Swamp, and it predictably did not go well. The Gators forced turnovers on Tennessee’s first three possessions and until injuries finally caught up with the secondary, shut down any semblance of a Vols attack. Dante Fowler Jr. was a monster against two really good tackles. Overall, UF had six takeaways and held UT to 5-of-13 on third down.


The coverage units were again solid, but UF still hasn’t had a complete special teams performance this season. Austin Hardin was 1-of-2 on field goals, missing a 41-yarder with a chance to ice the game late in the fourth quarter. Kyle Christy whiffed on catching a punt and gift-wrapped the Volunteers with excellent field position (subsequently squandered). Solomon Patton had another nice kickoff return (38-yarder).

Thoughts? Comments?

Have at it.

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We are the boys of old Florida!

Old florida is right...got beat by a big east team and an acc team and looks to get beat by another acc team in the same calendar year.lol

Jesse, U graded that offense a little high with all the fumbles this season. Even though they recover some of them U should rank them a lot lower. They are averaging about 5 turnovers a game.lets see that oline grade.

A B or B- is fair, I think.

Jesse do me a favor and don't respond the Sid The Moron Cane and his latest 21- 16 persona he doesn't want a fair discussion only wants to insult and stir up trouble.

I agree with your grades for the O and D.
Once we get a healthy O line with the same guys playing together hopefully the running game will improve. I say give Mack Brown the starting job until Jones proves he is back and cuts down the fumbles.
Even though they average less than 4 ypc we are still able to move the ball and control the clock.
I also believe Murphy is an improvement over Driskel more mobile, lees prone to fumble and throw INTs.

The D is top notch only giving up a few big plays at the end when we had to reshuffle the secondary after Purifoy went down and Poole was ejected.

Special teams played poorly save for Solomon Patton. Christy had a terrible game and Hardin cannot miss a 40 yard FG. I'm sure Christy will bounce back, not so sure we can trust Hardin.

J, murphy turned the ball over almost immediately after he came in and you claim he is better than driskel? With that oline he will be fumbling and bumbling just like driskel. Its not the qb....its that pathetic oline. Sheesh you guys are blind.

If Kentucky creates pressure on ufelons oline then murphy will have just as many turnovers as driskel. But then again western kentucky beat them....love how esecpn swept that one under the rug,lol.

Gators are undefeated once again eh what say? We will bloddy breeze through the rest of our schedule with only one bloddy giveaway win eh what say? Duh! Bloddy canes cant play wih us eh.

Sorry, best i could do to impersonate d the gator fan....more to come eh what say?

21-16 duh! Eh what say?

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