Will Jordan Scarlett carry more of the load for Gators?

On Saturday, following the 13-6 win over Vanderbilt many thought that Jordan Scarlett should be given more of the load at the running back position. While Jim McElwain didn’t come right out and say this would happen, he did think his sophomore running back played well and that maybe he should have pulled him on the one end zone play that the young man was criticized for after.

While Jordan Scarlett has carried the ball more than any of the other three main ball carriers for the Gators, there are some that say he needs more touches. On Saturday he carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards and the game’s only touchdown. That was the most on the team and with the most success

Yet, when the second half started Scarlett was on the sideline watching others run and doing so less successfully.

It isn’t as though Scarlett has been a world beater, but he has consistently shown the ability to run hard, and seemingly harder than the others. He seems to get more after contact than his brethren in the unit.

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When asked after the game, Jim McElwain was not ready to pour a lot of praise on the young man. Most of that stemmed from a third down run at the goal line where he looked hesitant going in and didn’t convert.

On Monday the tune changed a little with regard to Scarlett.

"He played hard, he ran hard,” McElwain said. “This guy, the one thing he's done is he's played with really good pad level and he's kept his feet moving, he's been hard to tackle, he's made after-contact runs, which is really good.”

When asked if his play could change the way they alter playing time, McElwain finally gave a hint that it could. 

"You know, he's proven that he's been able to do it," the skipper said. "He's made explosive runs and that's a good thing."

While backpedaling on the decision to run him at the goal line after a long and fast drive in which he was a big part of, McElwain still wishes Scarlett would have finished stronger.

“Decision-wise down there, we probably went to the well one too many times,” he said. “It was on a fastball (no huddle). If he follows the guard he scores and then tried to make something out of nothing and went backwards. You know what? You've got to win the goal line, right? So these aren't things that I haven't talked to him about; it's just the way it is. And yet the expectation is you've got to be good on every down, not just bits and pieces."


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