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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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