The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The University of Florida is 2-0 on the year after defeating South Florida Saturday afternoon in The Swamp 38-14. Next up the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Good:

  • Quarterback John Brantley has gone 117 straight pass attempts without an interception
  • Jeff Demps has two 60-plus touchdown runs in two games
  • Deonte Thompson with five catches in the first half all for first downs
  • Running back Mike Gillislee scored his second rushing touchdown of his career in the 3rd quarter
  • Carl Moore scored his second career receiving touchdown in the 2nd quarter
  • Defense with five forced turnovers and 28 points off of those turnovers

The Bad:

  • Defense with only four tackles for loss
  • South Florida with 330 yards of total offense
  • South Florida averaged 6.3 yards per rush
  • South Florida with 244 yards rushing

The Ugly:

  • 96 yard 17 play touchdown drive using 9:58 in the 1st quarter
  • The Heat

My Take After 2 Games:

Youth, youth and more youth as the Gators at one time had five true freshmen on the field at one time on the defensive side of the ball. The Gators have tremendous talent but not tremendous experience. The offense showed major signs of improvement on Saturday after another three-and-out start. Watching Brantley to Deonte reminds me of Tebow to Cooper last season. He locks onto his primary receiver seemingly every pass play but did seem more comfortable as the game progressed. Jeff Demps and Mike Gillislee need even more touches but Moody did run hard with 54 yards on 14 carries (3.9 per carry). The defense does not appear to have the ability to physically beat down opposing offenses but they are very fast and more importantly opportunistic at creating turnovers.

Early indications are Florida will not struggle with passing teams or teams that want to spread you out and fast break you (FSU) but could struggle with teams committed to the ground game (Alabama/South Carolina). Florida fans got their first glimpse of Robert Clark, Andre Debose, Mack Brown and Jordan Reed on Saturday and will need even more this week on the road in Knoxville. The Gators have incredible youth that lack experience but once the coaching staff trusts them they will make plays moving forward. Gator fans have yet to see what the full team will look like with the offensive line playing its second game in a row with guys playing out of position. Next week vs. Tennessee they hope to have all five guys back at their natural spots with the return on Xavier Nixon to left tackle. Next week's prediction -- Gators 38 Vols 14.

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