BATON ROUGE, La. -- Florida freshman receiver Antonio Callaway continues to make plays when the Gators need them. On Saturday, it was a crucial, 72-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the game in the third quarter and complete a comeback on a 14-point halftime deficit.
“He had a heck of a game,” McElwain said. “I’m sure glad he’s on our team. He’s a wonderful person. He’s got a great personality. He’s got a wonderful smile and a warm heart. He really cares. I’m sure glad he’s a Gator.”
Callaway has been a difference maker since taking over punt return duties at Kentucky in the third week of the season. On Saturday, he brought down a one-handed catch late in the first half that led to a touchdown and finished the game with three catches for 100 yards.
Callaway was already the first true freshman in school history to have a 100-game receiving game after Reidel Anthony did it twice in 1994. On Saturday, Callaway joined Anthony as the only two players that have done it twice in their first year at Florida.
“Man, Callaway, he’s a hell of a player,” Florida running back Kelvin Taylor said. “He’s great. A really great young receiver, he’s going to keep getting better and better every game. And Callaway he’s an explosive player, he’s going to be a big part of our offense and that’s my little brother."
The Florida players still feel like Callaway is just scratching the surface. His route running has improved and the freshman has shown glimpses of being a special player now and in the future.
“I feel like he’s one of the best receivers in the SEC as the future goes along,” Taylor said. “He’s a very smart player, he loves the game, he plays with passion. He’s almost a leader already and he’s a young leader, but he played with a lot of passion and gets a lot of guys going on the sideline. The guy loves the game, and he’s going to be a great player in the future, it’s starting to show already.”
FALLING FOR THE FAKE
McElwain simply tipped his hat and credited LSU coach Les Miles for the fake field goal touchdown that served as the game’s final touchdown. Miles dialed up a play where holder Brad Kragthorpe threw a lateral to kicker Trent Domingue, who scampered 16 yards to the end zone.
“Give them credit,” McElwain said. “It’s a heck of a call. It’s a gutsy call. You know what? It’s kind of a badge of honor. They think they’ve got to fake one to beat us. It’s alright.”
RUNNING GAME ISSUES CONTINUE
Treon Harris brought a new element to the running game with his legs, but the Gators continued to struggle creating holes on the ground for the running backs. Kelvin Taylor had 15 rushes for 25 yards and one touchdown, and Brandon Powell and Jordan Scarlett combined for 10 yards on three carries.
The Florida offensive line struggled to block the LSU front all night, but Taylor credited the LSU defense for shutting down the run.
"I would just say they played really hard,” Taylor said. “They played well. They played fast. It just wasn't our night, really, in the run game. They had some great guys up front. They had a good D-line. It just wasn't our night, really, in the run game, but we're just going to go back and watch film. We're gonna do a bunch of I'd say just paying attention to details and just a lot of just things that we can get better in the run game."