Game Day Headquarters: Florida vs. Tennessee

Florida hosts Tennessee for the chance to win their 11th in a row in the SEC Eastern Division rivalry. Not since Dallas Baker was wrongly penalized three Gator head coaches ago have the Volunteers come away with a win. Having said all of that, The Vols do see on the rise and they feel that this is there year.

Florida Gators (3-0, 1-0) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (2-1, 0-0)

Saturday September 26, 2015; 3:30 P.M.

Gainesville, Florida; Ben Hill Griffin Stadium


These Volunteers are starting to feel good about themselves, even with the triple overtime loss to Oklahoma in week two. A healthy dose of good recruiting has been key in Tennessee having most people watching and waiting for them to really bust out.

“We are looking forward to facing a team that is obviously very, very good and a team that is going to expect to come in here and beat us,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said earlier in the week. “It is going to be a fun week.”

The fulcrum on offense is quarterback Josh Dobbs. The dual threat signal caller can run or pass, but probably relies more on his legs than a lot would like. McElwain says Dobbs is a good one.

“I am one of these guys that actually truly enjoys watching teams play and how they play,” he said. “One thing you notice is he has total command of what they are asking him to do. His decision making is what I’m really impressed with. He handles the run / pass and all the different options that they ask. He takes care of the football. He knows how to get it to his people. What they are able to do as well out of the same personnel group, they can create so many different formational things. He is a lot of fun to watch, he’s a winner, and I am just one of those guys that appreciates watching good players play.”

Tennessee’s two headed monster at running back has been good as well. Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara have the size and speed to be real difference makers and the Vols will lean on that part of their game as the passing game catches up.

Th volunteer defensive front is pretty good, but their secondary has been lit up a bot this year. Regardless, on both sides of the ball this should be a step up in competition from what the Gators have faced so far.

With that being the case, McElwain is stil in the learning stages about his team.

“I think you find out a lot about your team every time you go out, whether it’s a game, a practice, coming out of a meeting… each day you are able to find out who is in it and who isn’t,” he said. “We’ll find out a lot about ourselves as we continue throughout the season in everything that we do.”

For Florida’s head coach, he continually preaches that the little things in practice every day are the important things for the success of the rest of the year.  

“That’s how you continually strive and take steps forward,” he said. “In our case, I explain that Saturdays are going to come, they’re on the calendar and it is going to happen. It doesn’t matter what happens on Saturday if you don’t take care of today. That’s really in everything that we do.”

And a win on Saturday will go a long way for a program trying to rebuild as well.  I am going Gators 24 Vols 13.

Florida's Offensive Depth Chart

WR #5 (JR) Ahmad Fulwood (6-4, 210)  #11 (JR)Demarcus Robinson (6-1, 208) #85 (JR)Chris Thompson  (6-0, 170)
WR #81 (FR) Antonio Callaway (5-11, 206) #10 (SR) Valdez Showers  #18 (SO) CJ Worton (6-0, 199)
WR #4 (SO) Brandon Powell (5-9, 185) #89 (R-SO) Alvin Bailey (5-11, 189)
LT #78 (SO) David Sharpe (6-6, 359) #73 (FR) Martez Ivey (6-5, 311)
LG #63 (R-SR) Trip Thurman (6-5, 307) #52 (R-FR) Travaris Dorsey (6-2, 321)
OC #54 (R-SO) Cameron Dillard (6-4, 311) #64 (FR) Tyler Jordan (6-4, 294)
RG #51 (R-SO) Antonio Riles (6-4, 312) #77 (R-FR) Andrew Mike (6-6, 302)
RT #75 (R-SR) Mason Halter (6-6, 295) #74 (FR) Fred Johnson (6-6, 312)
TE #83 (R-SR Jake McGee (6-6, 244) #80 (R-FR) Cyontai Lewis (6-4, 233) #30 (SO) DeAndre Goolsby (6-4, 243)
RB #21 (JR) kelvin Taylor (5-10, 206) #25 (FR) Jordan Scarlett (5-10, 212)  #32 (FR) Jordan Cronkrite (5-11, 205)
QB #7 (R-FR) Will Grier (6-2, 203) #15 (R-JR) Jacob Guy (6-5, 222)

Florida's Defensive Depth Chart

DE #90 (JR) Jonathan Bullard (6-3, 280) #96 (FR) CeCe Jefferson (6-1, 270)
NT #91 (JR) Joey Ivie (6-3, 290) #93 (R-FR) Taven Bryan (6-3, 290) #54 (R-FR) Khairi Clark (6-2, 321}
DT #57 (R-SO) Caleb Brantley (6-2, 303) #90 (JR) Jonathan Bullard (6-3, 280)
RUSH #94 (R-JR) Bryan Cox (6-3, 265) #14 (R-JR) Alex McCalister  #17 (R-SO) Jordan Sherit (6-4, 250)
MLB #3 (SR) Antonio Morrison (6-1, 234) #48 (R-SR) Anthony Harrell (6-2, 237)
WLB #40 (JR) Jarrd Davis (6-2, 232) #13 (JR) Daniel McMillian (6-1, 216)
Saf #42 (JR) Keanu Neal (6-1, 215) #26 (R-SO) Marcell Harris (6-1, 211) 
Saf #20 (R-JR) Marcus Maye (6-0, 210)  #8 (R-SO) Nick Washington (6-0, 189)
NIC #24 (SR) Brian Poole (5-10, 208) #7 (SO) Duke Dawson (5-11, 201)
CB #1 (JR) Vernon Hargreaves (5-11, 200) #15 (R-FR) Deiondre porter (6-0, 178)
CB #6 (SO) Quincy Wilson (6-1, 210) #35 (FR) Chris Williamson (5-11, 188)

Florida's Special Teams Depth Chart

K #16 (R-JR) Austin Hardin (5-10, 205) #98 (R-FR) Jorge Powell (5-10, 171)
P  #19 (R-SO) Johnny Townsend (6-1, 200) #16 (R-JR) Austin Hardin (5-10, 205)
KOR #4 (SO) Brandon Powell (5-9, 185) #81 (FR) Antonio Callaway (5-11, 206)
PR #81 (FR) Antonio Callaway (5-11, 206) #4 (SO) Brandon Powell (5-9, 185)
LS #41 (FR) Ryan Farr (6-0, 213) #47 (R-JR) Jonathan Haney (6-2, 210)
H #19 (R-SO) Johnny Townsend (6-1, 200)

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