Florida head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have made it a point to share the wealth at running back this year giving somewhat equal caries to Jordan Scarlett, Jordan Cronkrite, Mark Thompson, and Lamical Perine. It is something they have done in the past and a strategy to keep the position healthy as the year progresses.
The game day goal is to give them all a chance and figure out which one is lathering up and ready to have a big game. Scarlett doesn’t seem to disappoint and so many want him to be that guy a little more often.
Regardless, Scarlett says he’s not concerned with the amount of carries he’s given as long as he can do his job and help the team.
"I'm just here to be a team player,” Scarlett said. “I didn't come to Florida to be anything like that. I'm just here to win championships. So whatever it takes to help the team out, I'm all for it."
Scarlett may be at Florida to be a team player, but less time spent on the field is less experience for the sophomore. He says there are just some things you can see when on the field that you can’t see when on the sideline.
"Yeah, I definitely feel I can get a better rhythm (with more snaps),” Scarlett said. “Get a feel of the defense and how they're playing and how their tendencies are, get a feel for my O-line throughout the drive too. But I'm just helping the team, so if I do get a whole drive I'll make the best happen."
The Gators haven’t played in The Swamp for three weeks, which makes this weekend a true homecoming. After a dirty loss to Tennessee, a minor win over Vanderbilt, and a cancelled game with LSU, a lot is weighing on this game for Florida’s revitalization. Mizzou is the target for Florida’s redemption.
"Yeah, I feel like we can make a good statement coming back,” Scarlett said. “We've got Luke Del Rio coming back. Not knocking Appleby at all, it's just that Luke is a little bit more comfortable with the offense and understanding points and stuff like that. But I think we'll do a lot better come Saturday."
As Florida prepares to make a statement, Scarlett says Mizzou’s run defense looks vulnerable.
“I really think yeah, we can run the ball on them,” Scarlett said. “I was watching film on them versus LSU and Georgia. They did a really good job of running the ball against them. I feel like we have better backs and we can get the job done.”
Just like every Gator by his side, Scarlett is ready to hit the ground running Saturday.
"We're coming out trying to make a statement,” Scarlett said. “Especially offensively, just to show everybody in the SEC that we're coming to play no matter who it is. We're just trying to take care of business."