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This Week's edition includes Kentucky Grades, Hoops stuff and up next Ole Miss.

This Week's edition includes Kentucky Grades, Hoops stuff and up next Ole Miss.

Running off at the Keypad.....
Florida's 41-34 victory offered Gator fans the most complete offensive and defensive performance of the season. All is good in Gator Land right? Well, the Special Teams looked Especially bad on Saturday and almost cost the Gators a big win. Nonetheless Rex and Ratliff along with Jacobs and Nattiel bailed Florida out and put the Gators on top of the SEC East at 2-0.

Quarterback: A. Best performance of the season. No Interceptions and good decision making including finding Carlos Perez on third down. Could have been a bigger day if Jacobs holds on to some.

Running Backs: B. Graham goes over a hundred in 32 carries and Carthon chips in a couple of touchdowns as the two combined for 151 yards. Carthon may have been banged up in the second half pushing most of the load (26) carries to Graham. EG's fumble was a minus and gave the Wildcats the opportunity to take the lead.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends: B. Big day statistically for Jacobs although he could have had more, Perez looks like a totally different receiver than week one. Kight, Jackson and Brown did not do a whole lot, while the Tight Ends seem to be open and Troupe could have made one nice catch.

Offensive Line: B. They gave up two sacks and one was a coverage sack.I thought they played pretty well especially since Mo Mitchell played essentially the entire game at right guard. Keep an eye on Jorgensen he is not happy. Hard to be critical of over 500 yards of total offense.

Defensive Line: B+. Ian Scott really disrupted the running game for the second straight week in the middle of the Gator line. Clint Mitchell followed up his performance with 7 tackles and 1 TFL. Marques Oquendo Johnson is quietly becoming a really good college football player.

Linebackers: B+. Mike Nattiel had his best game with 8 tackles-2tfl's-2 Sacks. Bam was solid in the middle and both Harris and McCollough played on the outside. It was the second consecutive opponent in the conference that the defense held under 100 yards rushing which included the SEC's top ground gainer Artose Pinner.

Secondary: B+. Gave up the one touchdown pass after a turnover but responded as the SEC's defensive player of the week Keiwan Ratliff returned an interception for a touchdown and a two point conversion. Guss Scott had 8 tackles while Cory Bailey continues to play well in the nickelback role.

Special Teams: F. Not a hard grade to give but they did make a real long extra point? Biggest problems is the punt team and extra point/field goal. In the punt area if the guy does not drop it, he's too slow or someone comes unblocked they need to correct this first. Leach needs to get the ball up quicker and quit making extra points and adventure.

Snippets and Tidbits....
Ingle Martin has to get a look at punter if for no other reason he will not be a "deer in headlights" every time something breaks down. Expect David Jorgensen to be real unhappy this week and who knows what he may decide to do. It is simple economics if Mitchell (a younger, stronger and bigger) player can give you the same as the veteran (smaller but more experienced) player then you go with the younger guy. This is Zook's team and his future, and it is tough on older guys who may lose time. I will say this it was surprising to see Mitchell in there after missing so many practices. The Gator defense held the second consecutive SEC opponent scoreless in the first half. Carlos Perez has emerged and has had 10 catches in the last two games and I like what they are doing in moving Jacobs around. Of the 43 throws 20 were in his direction. Ian Scott has taken it up a notch the last two weeks, but Lafavor and Savelio have as well. By getting 2 turnovers the Gators are now up to -1 in turnover margin. GATOR HOOPS is right around the corner with Midnight Madness Friday, October 11th. Blue Ribbon magazine has the Gators ranked number 2 in the country behind Arizona. Alabama was number 7 and Mississippi St. was number 10. The Gators open their season with an exhibition game November 4th in the O-Dome versus the Midwest All Stars. Regular season begins November 19 with LA Tech coming in to Gainesville for the Preseason NIT. The Ole Miss Rebels are up next and are coming off a bye week to get ready for the Gators in Oxford. This is a battle of two quarterbacks as well as two former coaching mates. Ron Zook and David Cutcliffe served on the same staff at Tennessee in 1984-86.Ole Miss ended a streak of 9 straight SEC opening losses by beating Vanderbilt45-38 two weeks ago.

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