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October 06, 2013

Gators Grades: Three in a row

GAINESVILLE -- Before I re-watch the tape (later in the week) of No. 18 Florida’s ho-hum 30-10 win over Arkansas, here are some rapid reaction grades.

OFFENSE C+

Tyler Murphy had some early jitters, but he settled down and otherwise was excellent. Solomon Patton did most of the legwork on both long touchdowns, but Murphy was accurate, elusive and efficient once again. UF’s running game though, was anything but. The Gators ran for just 142 yards on 41 attempts -- a 2.8 average yards per carry. It was Florida’s lowest (355) offensive output of the season thanks to its poor rushing attack. Zero turnovers were a plus, however. You could talk me into a slightly better grade, but it's late. 

DEFENSE A

Arkansas gained just seven yards on the ground after halftime. UF actually struggled containing Alex Collins and Jon Williams in the first half -- lots of over-perusing -- but once the gaps and assignments were straightened out its defensive line dominated. Brandon Allen was beaten and battered all night, completing just 17-of-41 attempts. Loucheiz Purifoy (pick-six, sack-fumble) was a gangbuster, as was Dante Fowler Jr. (two sacks). The unit again lacked discipline, committing three personal foul penalties to extend drives. Overall, it was a very commanding performance against a physical Razorbacks offense. 

SPECIAL TEAMS C

Punt returns: excellent. The coverage units: sublime. Everything else? Yuck. Austin Hardin was benched following another miss -- this time a low blocked kick -- but his senior replacement (Brad Phillips) shanked an extra point. All-American punter Kyle Christy remains an enigma (A 15-yard punt with no pressure???), while Purifoy was fortunate an (odd) technicality negated a muffed punt return.

Thoughts? Comments?

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Riding Solo...Again

GAINESVILLE -- It turns out, the Gators’ go-to playmaker was under their noses all along.

It just took Florida a long while to find a little guy.

Solomon Patton, come on down.

UF’s diminutive -- 5-foot-9, 168 pounds -- receiver again showcased his electric ability Saturday night, tallying career-highs in receptions (6), yards (124) and touchdowns (2).

The slippery speedster dashed for a pair of long scores (51-yards, 38-yards) on two intermediate throws -- game changing plays for a sluggish offense.

“Our guys can’t catch him,” coach Will Muschamp said. “And we can really run.”

Patton dished on his most recent breakout performance.

 

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Will Muschamp postgame press conference snippet

GAINESVILLE -- A happy Will Muschamp.

Following Florida’s 30-10 win over Arkansas on Saturday night in The Swamp, UF’s coached talked quarterback Tyler Murphy’s “talent” and “awareness,” cornerback Loucheiz Purfoy’s first-career interception and wideout Solomon Patton’s playmaking ability and progression as a player.

 

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