Scouting Report: Florida

The Vanderbilt Commodores (4-4, 1-4) travel to the swamp on Saturday to face the Florida Gators (4-4, 2-4) for third place in the SEC East. Florida has had a rough October dropping four consecutive games to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia; while being eliminated from the SEC East race in the process. The Gators will try to avoid their first five game losing streak in a season since 1979.

Chris Rainey leads the recently struggling Gators rushing attack with 526 yards on 108 carries. Rainey is also the team's leader in receiving yards snagging 20 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. The Gators' next rusher is track star Jeff Demps with 359 yards and four TD's, averaging 91 all-purpose yards per game. Junior Mike Gillislee is third on the team rushing for 263 yards on 37 carries.

Following Rainey in receptions is tight end Jordan Reed who averages 10 yards a catch with 160 yards on the year. The Florida receiving corps divvies the ball well with seven players with 10 catches or more. Andre Debose is second on the team with 247 yards and leads the team in yards per catch with 24.7. Sophomore Trey Burton is third on the team with 14 receptions managing 7.4 yards per catch.

Against Georgia turnovers and a dismal run game netting negative 19 total yards would lead to the collapse of the Gators 14-point lead just before the second half. Early in the second quarter after a Georgia field goal Demps returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Gators up 14-3. A costly fumble by Chris Rainey at the end of the first half deep in Florida territory led to a 20-yard Georgia touchdown pass to pull the Bulldogs within seven. Another ruinous turnover put Georgia in position to tie the game on fourth down with a 14-yard touchdown pass.

The Gators responded with another long kickoff return for 63 yards by Debose and quickly reclaimed the lead with a 40-yard field goal. A pair of Florida delay of game penalties and a short punt gave the Bulldogs excellent field position to take the lead for good at 24-20.

Despite the return of senior Gator quarterback John Brantley, who suffered a high ankle sprain at the beginning of the month against Alabama, the Gators gained only 226 total yards on offense. Brantley was limited to the shotgun and after an impressive first half was held to just 4-of-20 completions for the duration of the game. The immobile Brantley was also sacked six times against the Bulldogs.

Penalties have been an issue for the Gators all year as they lead the country with 75 giving up 567 yards in the process. Florida had 14 penalties for 106 yards against Georgia which helped the Bulldogs move the chains multiple times.

The Florida secondary is seventh in the country allowing 168.50 yards per game with five interceptions. Sophomore safety Matt Elam leads the secondary with two interceptions and is second on the team with 48 tackles. Josh Evans is second among the secondary with 25 tackles and an interception.

At linebacker, Jonathan Bostic leads the team in tackles with 60 tackles and three sacks. Redshirt sophomore Jelani Jenkins is third on the team with 46 tackles, four for a losses, he also has an eye for the ball, leading the team with five passes broken up.

Nose tackle Jaye Howard anchors the defensive line with 41 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks on the year. At defensive tackle sophomore Dominique Easley has 7 tackles for a loss, a sack, and 25 tackles.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis leads the country in field goals hitting 15 of 16 and is perfect in PATs. The Gators top the SEC and are eighth in the country in kickoff returns averaging 26.3 yards per return. The Gators have the 114th ranked team in turnover margin averaging minus one turnovers a game. Top Stories