Herring, who was named a defensive captain for the game, has come a long way since last spring when Gator fans were already mumbling about Kyle Jackson. In fact, his spring play was so impressive that he earned the Defensive Most Improved award from the coaching staff. Keep in mind Jackson hadn't stepped on campus yet. Herring played well all summer and the coaches were extremely satisfied with how he played and read the ball on Saturday against EMU.
"Jarvis has played a lot better as time has gone on, and I was very pleased with how he played," Coach Zook told the crowd. "He has logged a lot of plays and I've said it before -- you can't buy experience."
A frequent Zookism, "buying experience," couldn't be more true in this case., as vanilla as it is for the media and the orange and blue faithful. Herring has some game experience, but more importantly has support from his teammates and coaching staff.
"Both Jarvis and Cory have over 500 plays experience logged," Zook said. "They are great credit who guys call inexperienced, but they have seen the field before. I'm looking for both of them to step up."
You and me both Zooker, you and me both. Bailey, the ever outspoken leader, guaranteed that the secondary would step up and what better place to do that then down by the river.
"This secondary is going to be very good," Bailey said. "The plays we should have made [On Saturday]. . . we'll make those from now on. We're going to be a big-play secondary."
Bailey has the more experience in play count then the entire secondary combined and will need to literally step up in run support against the big backs of UT. Cedric Houston and Jabari Davis both tip the scales at the RB position and run like former Volunteer Jamal Lewis. Look for Zook to rotate his defensive ends a little more then usual with Jarvis Moss seeing a lot more time on third downs. With the orange and blue controlling the defensive trenches, rain or shine, it will give the safeties the opportunity they need for the big play.
Be it a timely interception, or a "Double D" Darryl Dixon type hit from Holmes, the safety position is going to be key for the Gators. If the UF front seven can control the run, then Bailey and Holmes will be able to focus on the UT frosh duo. Plenty has been made about their athleticism and what not, but you know what I have to say to that….You can't. Buy. Experience.