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Pull: Anatomy of a play

Each week, I’ll breakdown (in a simplified manner, hopefully) a pivotal play in Florida’s game. I decided against lots of arrows and pointers so as not to distract from the overall picture, but if you’d prefer that in the future, let me know.

Today's play is Matt Jones’ 67-yard scamper early in the second quarter in Florida's 27th consecutive win over Kentucky. The sophomore tailback tallied career-highs in attempts (28) and yards (176) in the victory, but his long sprint really kick-started Jones’ red-letter day. Although the Gators force-fed Jones on their 13-play, 93-yard opening touchdown drive, he wasn’t particularly effective. Jones had six carries for just 12 yards until his explosive run. Here’s how it unfolded.


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The Gators are in a pistol set, with Trey Burton (slot) and Solomon Patton lined up to the left. Tight end Clay Burton (No. 88) is also lined up on the left of the offensive line. 


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Off the snap, center Jon Harrison (No. 72) pulls to the outside, as does left tackle D.J. Humphries (No. 70). Clay Burton does an excellent job sealing the edge. Immediately, Kentucky is doomed to surrender a big play. The Wildcats have eight blue shirts in the picture (sucking inside), and UF’s pulling linemen had a free release and are already chugging towards the second level. Meanwhile, T. Burton and Patton are in position to make one-on-one blocks to seal the sideline. Look what happens just a split-second later…


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There are now nine Wildcats in the picture, but seven are already beaten and are now chasing the play. T. Burton locks up the UK nickel back, while Harrison has yet to block anyone yet. Humphries is in position to take out two 'Cats with a single pancake.  


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Now six yards down the field, Harrison is finally forced to engage a defender and he subsequently (along with Humphries) manhandles a pair of Wildcats. Patton delivers a strong block too, giving Jones daylight up the sideline.


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See: here…


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Jones then displays great vision, cutback ability and explosiveness to Scooby-Doo the UK safety and charge inside towards the end zone.


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Well, about that. It looked like a sure touchdown until teammate Quinton Dunbar eventually (accidentally) tackled him. It was a well-intended hustle play that ultimately mattered naught, as Tyler Murphy tossed a nine-yard strike to Wildcat killer T. Burton two plays later. The Gators went up 14-7 -- a lead they never relinquished in route to a 24-7 win.

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Nice breakdown Jesse. The play that ushered in the return to form for Matt Jones. Coupled with efficient QB play from Murph and the O is humming along nicely.
Bout time.

Still cant believe he dumbar tackled his own player...lol!

Nice breakdown. Was Kentucky though. What bothers me is barely 100 yards on the other 27 carries. This kid needs to quit getting tripped up at the line of scrimmage by arm tackles falling forward for 2-3 yards. Gillislee would get to the second level much quicker then fall forward for 6-7 yards after contact. I just don't think Jones has that initial burst. Mack Brown either. I believe Herndon and Taylor do have that burst, along with the ability to slide laterally while still moving upfield. That's what Gilly was so good at. He'd get hit at the line, slide sideways, use his quick feet and get you into 2nd. down and 3-4 yrds. time and time again. We have far to many 1st. down plays where we are sitting at 2nd. down and 7-8 and 3rd, downs and 4-5 too often. That won't get it done against the Big Boys. Let's get some First downs on second downs. Hopefully Coach Muschamp will not be so stubborn and get Herndon and Taylor some meaningful carries. They're the ones that can turn a slight gap hole into a 12-15 yards gains... There are Freshman R.B.'s that have and are playing all over the Country, and playing well. Let's give our #21 more shots. Practice fumbles be damned. The kid is a gamer. Play him and let's see.

Dig what Gator G. says. Good running backs break for long yardage a lot more frequently. Want to see that happen.


Jesse, love these "anatomy of a play" articles. You should be a freaking coach. Good stuff homie!

Hey Jesse maybe you should be the floriduh coach.

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