September 13, 2010

Week-2 recap: Grading the Gators

The Gators were far from perfect Saturday afternoon. But everyone can agree on this: They played much better in Week 2 than they did in Week 1. Two days after Florida's 38-14 win over South Florida, we hand out grades to each unit of the team.

The good: Florida running backs combined to rush for 245 yards. The bad: only 25 yards of that total came in the first half. What that means is that the Gator running game took over about the same time Florida's superior depth did. While that's not a bad thing, what's disconcerting is that Florida has done nothing on the ground in the first half of either game it has played. The question is, is that the backs' fault, the line's fault or is the play calling to blame? Whatever the case may be, in conference play, the Gators likely will need to get tailbacks Jeff Demps, Emmanuel Moody and Mike Gillislee going a little bit earlier. Saturday's second-half performance might be a good launching point. Each back ran hard and USF had no answer for Demps' speed. Quarterback John Brantley had his moments (two TD passes), but completed only 58 percent of his passes despite having all day to throw. To his credit, he seems to be getting more comfortable with every series, and bigger days appear to be on the horizon. Final grade -- B

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