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Rewind: UF-UM Further Review

This is a day late, but definitely not short.

Here’s a laundry list of thoughts, stats and highs & lows from Florida’s 21-16 defeat to Miami after rewatching the TV tape...

- The death of ‘Murderball.’ Where was the Gators’ physical rushing attack? Florida averaged just 2.8 y/c against last season’s No. 114 ranked rushing defense. The per carry average isn’t much better even if you discount the negative sack yardage. At times UF faced a stacked box (8), other times it didn’t. Florida’s offensive line simply failed to win the line of scrimmage on most running downs. Tailbacks Matt Jones and Mack Brown didn’t have a ton of holes to hit, but even when there was room they (both) failed to accumulate yards after contact.

- Speaking of Mr. Jones, UF’s sophomore back looked sluggish, tentative and indecisive. Jones rushed for nine yards -- behind Florida’s JUMOBO personnel -- on his first carry of 2013. He totaled just 38 yards on the ground on his next 17 carries. I counted just a single (1) YAC in the second half for Jones. Jones was also confused on multiple plays (see: running the wrong route, earlier turning the wrong way on Jeff Driskel’s first play action pass -- a 22-yard completion to Quinton Dunbar, ironically).

- Hunter Joyer had a rough afternoon. I don’t know if he’s still slowed by a strained hamstring -- the staff insists he’s not -- but the struggles of Florida’s fullback was a big reason why the running game never got going. Joyer whiffed on multiple blocks, while other times he just didn’t block anyone and went to the second level way too quickly.

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(Joyer whiff)

- Florida’s offensive line was a mess at times, yet perfectly adept at others. Overall, it was an uneven performance. UF’s line got minimal push in the run game, but they pass protected fairly well until injuries shook up the whole unit. Left tackle D.J. Humphries exited the game late in the second quarter, moving Max Garcia over from left guard. The transition did not go well. Garcia had little rapport with new left guard Ian Silberman (who also struggled) and allowed at least two sacks -- McCord (sack fumble) and Chickillo (the game-ender). Right tackle Tyler Moore (Nebraska transfer) had a tough afternoon too -- mostly in the second half. Moore was called for two false starts and a pair of holding penalties.

- Resident pariah Quarterback Jeff Driskel has been dissected enough since the loss, so I won’t belabor all the junior’s issues. To me, it’s about confidence. Driskel has all the physical tools, he’s tough as nails and has a big, live arm. But he plays frazzled, afraid to make any mistakes. He has tunnel vision and is too mechanical. He needs to just cut it loose and play.  His best throw of the day was when he stood tall in pocket and delivered a 20-yard strike to Quinton Dunbar as he was tattooed by a UM blitzer. But his accuracy was hit-or-miss (see: missed TD pass to Dunbar one play before the red zone INT), as was his field awareness. Below is just one example of an open wideout, but Driskel never looks his way.

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(Matt Jones will plenty of space. Ball was thrown to behind Demarcus Robinson on the crossing pattern)

- Against solid defenses (see: everyone aside from Tennessee and Kentucky) the WildGator plays are a waste of a down and do little for Driskel’s already waning confidence. Driskel tossed his first INT two plays after a failed Trey Burton run. I have no idea what Driskel saw/was thinking throwing into triple coverage. Upon further review, Trey Burton probably did run the wrong route on Driskel’s second INT, but it didn’t matter because the spot Driskel threw to certainly wasn’t where Burton was supposed to be. Driskel threw the ball too soon and high. 

- Defensively, the Gators played outstanding. Florida allowed just 212 yards to a potent offense -- 87 on two plays.  The Gators were definitely confused by Miami’s tempo in the first quarter. UM called lots of counters and boot-legs on its first couple of drives, but Florida eventually adjusted and played pretty flawlessly after the opening period. Dominique Easley was a monster Saturday and the offical stat sheet does no justice on his impact. The senior had a ridiculous series early in the second quarter: he blew up Duke Johnson (3-yard loss) and forced two straight holding calls. Also of note: This counters Will Muschamp’s postgame “We weren’t playing worth a dang…” and why he decided to go for it on fourth down the very next possession.

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(Johnson's 3-yard loss)

- Antonio Morrison played mad (team-leading seven tackles) and had a strong game.

- UM had five consecutive three-and-outs before Stephen Morris’ 11-yard competition to Clive Walford in the third quarter -- a missed tackle by Marcus Maye.

- On Morris’ beautiful long TD pass to Dorsett: No Easley, Loucheiz Purifoy or Leon Orr (also solid most of the afternoon) in the game. Backup nose tackle Damien Jacobs hesitated on the play action fake, while end Bryon Cox Jr. was totally fooled.


- Marcus Maye had two missed tackles, had the bad blown coverage and was late on several blitzes.  

- Stephen Morris is no Teddy Bridgewater.

- Vernon Hargreaves III is good. Really good. The freshman outplayed senior Jaylen Watkins (who did nearly collect a pick-six on the goal line) and could be a starter sooner than later. 

- Denzel Perryman. BEAST.

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(That's putting a hat on a ball)

- Driskel averaged 6.6 y/c on read option runs (40 yards and a touchdown on six carries). But only two of those carries came after halftime.

- Florida played Valdez Showers and Matt Jones together in the backfield a lot. Couple notable plays include the 46-yard bomb to Patton and Burton’s red zone fumble.

- Gators eat zebras. Penalties, penalties, penalties. Clay Burton’s late hit was two plays before Jones’ fumble. Easley’s roughing the passer negated a 3rd-and-long situation in the red zone -- aiding in UM’s first score. Speaking of…

- Safety Cody Riggs was slowed by Miami’s quick snap, and Herb Waters torched him outside, easily beating Riggs to the corner of the end zone for the game’s initial touchdown.

- Duke Johnson rushed for 12 yards on a play UF had 12 men on the field. No call. 

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(See Orr (#44) run)

- UM punter Pat O’Donnell recovered really well after his first kick was blocked (more on that in a second). The senior averaged 49 yards (on eight punts), consistently flipping the field position in Miami’s favor.

- Florida’s blocked punt -- of course by special teams extraordinaire Loucheiz Purifoy -- was fantastically designed. I’ve long wondered why others don’t do exactly what UF did: Send two bruisers (in this case Morrison and Michael Taylor) and smash the diamond protectors, allowing your best athlete (i.e. Purifoy) to wiggle inside and block the punt. It worked beautifully.

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- UF’s defense is super talented, but I bet it wishes Tyriq McCord wore orange and blue.

- UF’s botched two-point conversion was poorly blocked (see: Trenton Brown) but it wasn’t an audible at the line as the announcers suggested. K Austin Hardin and LS Kyle Crofoot weren’t even on the field. It was simply a funk formation and a play that wasn’t executed properly.

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(No kicker. No holder)

- Freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis is around the ball a lot on special teams.

- Overall, UF’s receivers -- T. Burton, Q. Dunbar and Patton -- actually had a productive day. However, Florida’s lack of confidence (and rightfully so) in its tight ends is obvious with so many full house (or diamond) formations.

- Clay Burton is not a starting tight end in the SEC.

- Powell is back (and maybe improved), and Muschamp is already utilizing the junior’s versatility. Powell lined up at end, as a stand up edge rusher, a middle linebacker, a rusher over the nose and more. It was very similar to how UGA employed Jarvis Jones last season. Powell’s sack was an impressive display of athleticism, as he went spin-cycle and ate up Seantrel Henderson to the inside. Powell also disrupted a reverse. He finished the game with 3.0 TFL.

- No numbers. Florida’s failed 4th-and-short play was run 8 (Canes) on 6 (Gators). Kyle Koehne, at center, Trip Thurman and Humphries were all destroyed.  

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(And actually, at the snap at ninth defender entered the box)

- Dorsett was actually open on Morris’ INT, but UM’s quarterback airmailed the throw -- despite little pressure.

- Dante Fowler Jr. Jekyll and Hyde. The sophomore was invisible during the first half, but was a disruptive force after halftime. 

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Damn Jesse... you the man! This is awesome. I love how you're dissecting the game brother. I'm actually learning here. Thank you! Keep up the good work!

That wasnt the only time they had 12 guys on the field . No wonder they played well against our 0.

Jesse, cannot disagree with any of your analysis. Spot on.

Now, as for jlo's crying about the seats, the weather, the mean fans, the color of the sky, and his panties being in a bunch.......

Great breakdown Jesse. I too am miffed by Coach Mus singling out the D when they only gave up 3 drives the whole game. Driskel and the O line are the ones to be singled out.
Matt Jones played poorly, maybe it was rust or residual effects of this illness. Should get better soon.
Marcus Maye had a few missteps, expected from a freshman.
Overall no problem with the D.
Now Driskel is another story.
Let's right the ship and take on the SEC.
Go Gators!!

I don't understand why UF was not prepared for UM's fast tempo on offense. UM used the fast tempo every game last year. UF obviously has a really good defensive staff. A big reason why UF's defense dominated as the game went on was because UF virtually knew on every play whether it was going to be a run or pass before the ball was snapped. That's coaching. Morris pretty much said so in his interview after the game. UM was giving away it's identity for whatever reason when they lined up. That's embarrassing for UM. As a UM fan, I'm embarrassed for the staff.

Very impressive breakdown. I like Manny and Susan but I wish you would cover the Canes too! Excellent stuff. You caught a lot of things missed by the announcers and post game analysts.

As for Easley - he was easily (pun intended) the best player on the field. However, he seemed to struggle in the first quarter. Any explanations? Was he just not ready for the high tempo or was it something else?

"That's embarrassing for UM. As a UM fan, I'm embarrassed for the staff."

Whats more embarrassing is losing the game.

rboud and sunny dee are the kind of UM fan that make their institution proud, in stark contrast to the legions of Miami Morons that post here routinely.
I welcome your input and participation.

Sunny, you can keep Manny and Susan, as you say they are good at what they do. But Jesse is the best, he even takes time to answer the reader's questions. The best blogger on the Herald by far.

jlo, you are an embarrassment to UF and to heterosexual men.

You make no one proud. Sissified moron.

Hey asswipes...bottom line is the U 21 and the Lizards 16.

Thats too funny. I saw us making them work for everything they didnt get.lmao

Funnier is Miamias 117 th ranked D held them gators to 1 1/2 tds and a field goal.lmao some more

I guess i'll be picking the rest of UF's games

nothing like celebrating that niami herald blogger as the best thing going...BWAHAHAHAHA

My blogger is better than yours...BWAHAHAHAHA

gayturds got he little brown nose up jesse simontons bunghole...embarrassing, simply embarrassing

JLS14234 ur a sad individual LOSER

Jlo acts like he runs the blog "I welcome your input and participation". What a tool you are Jlo, now drink your milk, kiss your mommy and get off the computer, its a school night! Oh and remember to cheer


....he mad

We gots next!

Ahhhhhh, remember when? Where is this piece of human garbage now? I think he calls himself "Canetrash" but is actually Gatr trash or human garbage which is actually redundant:

"Yo U chUmps r ready for Ur beatdown?
Yo U gonna get it ready or not

Yo SunnydoUche
Not bad for a clUck
in fact much better than Ur delusional minions
Good to see a somewhat level headed cane clown
Yo this IS the biggest game of Golden Retrievers life
Of course it's not for Muschamp and the Gators
they have much better games ahead and they have played much bigger ones the past two seasons

So if desperation is an advantage then U have it
but desperation aint winning U no games clUck
Talent and coaching wins U games and the Gators have more and better of those

Then there is the delUsional #1 doUche maggot No Mo Titles
"Complete domination comparing offenses, and pretty much a push comparing defenses. Not based on hype, or last year's stats, but on the here and now. Gator's big claim to fame is their PUNTER, and our guy is not too shabby himself. The FAU punter did better than Christy last week."

Yo what a load of ibis manure is that
Funny thing is this clUck is serious
he really believes this crap
The punter is the claim to fame
Not the brusing running game that will wear Ur efense down in the heat
Not the top 5 defense that will shut Ur over rated O down
No, it's the punter, and the Owl punter is better
Good job maggot U r the typical delUsional cane dUmmy
U give real fans like SunnydoUche a bad rap

Yo Golden Retriever this is the biggest game of Ur life
What ya gonna do?
"Our punter is very good"
"Mark Donofrio is doing an outstanding job, that is why we made no changes on D from last year"
"We are UStrong we lift a lot of weights around here"


You were right, maggot. Talent and coaching wins and guess what? The Gatr Trash gots none. Coach Spittle is in over his head.

Les Miles and Mark Richt are laughing at you. They are also smiling. But mostly laughing.

Dang soldy burnt U cametras.....i mean jlo. EAT THAT CROW! 21-16. Your D has to dominate 4 quaters not 3 looser! Did you notice the gators were not holding up 4 fingers in the fourth quater? That a sign of respect! We own the fourth quater and we invented the four fingers! Eat that crow jlo.

Watched a replay of the game last night and it appears the acc doesnt suck and the gators cant compete.

Dunbars sting he feels isnt from losing, its from getting beat .lmao.

Actually, his sting is from signing his commitment letter on NSD four years ago.

Same feeling Patchan and Colon had and Jay-nard Bostwick will soon have it as well.

It's Sept. 11th.

Why don't U take the day off ?

Yo gator trash here.
You gators were delusional thinking you were gonna come in our house and win.
You gotta play a full four quaters
muschump and his minions cant coach
Muschamps offense cant hold onto a ball
Delusional clucks, thats rule #1
Where were all those gator fans that were supposed to make it a home game for yall?
Broke down on i4?
You dumb gator clucksthougbt brown was the answer
Dumd gator clucks thought it was gonna be a blowout
Delusional gators

Watched the replay and saw morris tie his shoe in the middle of a play. Lmao

"Why don't U take the day off ?"

I am honoring my country by torturing white trash garbage like you, Gatr maggot. The sooner this country purges itself of maggots like UFrauds, the better.

LMAO...hola hola hola

The Gayturds defense thought they could intimidate Miami's players and were met with the same!
...#51, #4, #2, that's right b*tches, I'm talking to you! LOL! I enjoyed ever minute of the interchanges, it let me know that we were making our presence felt! : )

It's Sept. 11th.
Why don't U take the day off ?
Posted by: An American

Because this lone loser with many names is a Miami Moron, and that is what these Morons do.

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