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Official Game Thread: Week 3, #9 Florida Gators 29, Kentucky Wildcats 21 9/14/19

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    So Kyle Trask comes in and THROWS BULLETS. OK with ME if it turns out I'm wrong about that!
    I STILL say we'd have been a whole lot better off had the switch been made in the 2nd quarter (For Filiepe too!).
    Score now, and maybe we make a game of it. Crazy game.
     
  2. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    So, I had a bit of whisky. Did I miss anything?
     
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  3. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Bout time some breaks went OUR way!
     
  4. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Now Kyle, take a deep breath. BREATH.
    Ok. Back at it. Take em home.
     
  5. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Only by defying Dr's orders have I even been able to return to WATCHING thiz one!
     
  6. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    I don't believe it. We actually have taken the lead here. Now that extra point may loom large. (And they throw away another point--mostly meaningless now, but only 'cause Mullens made it that way.
    EVERYTHING depends on Grantham's defense now. If they come through, we can actually...NO. I just won't SAY it. Not unless/UNTIL it comes TRUE.)
     
  7. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Whattaya KNOW???
     
  8. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Well, NOW we got a QB-1.
     
  9. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    This STILL isn't over. Geez, we DESERVE this by now!
    OK. I'm listening to Dan Mullen, and I gotta say: He called abad game--right up until he was FORCED to put Trask in--From then on he AND his QB were on the same page, and for the most part they came up Aces.
     
  10. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

  11. awebbf5

    awebbf5 VIP Member

    Wow. I'm killed
     
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  12. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Wow.
    Basically, in one quarter we went from complete shit and our season sinkin' in the west (along with our regressing-but-still-starting QB) to SEASON SAVED and the better, more consistently reliable QB in there instead...Oh, and BTW: Now we maybe have still have a much better shot at KEEPING our "Future Star QB" in Emory Jones (he knows he is TRULY "next guy up" now, that Mullens will HAVE to get him more and more reps with the starters BECAUSE of that, and worst case scenario, he at least COMPETES for QB-1 come NEXT season--so he ain't goin' ANYWHERE now!)
    All in all, the weaknesses in our program were exposed today--then (mostly) fixed!
     
  13. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yeah man. That was all around one unlikely finish--By the half I was SURE it was WE who were FINISHED--The game and possibly the whole season just shattered...
    And by the late-3rd quarter that only seemed a hole MORE deeply dug.
    It took not "a miracle" but a WHOLE SERIES of absurdly ambiguous "mixed messages" and ridiculously timed changes to completely reverse our fortunes--and even then a few MORE to prove that they were indeed for the BETTER!
    HOWEVER:
    "It is STILL
    GREAT
    TO BE
    A FLORIDA GATOR..."
    "YES
    IT'S Great
    To Be
    A Florida Gator
    Said it's GREAT
    To Be
    A Florida Gator
    GOOOOOOOOO GATORS!!!!!"
     
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  14. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    I watched the game again, and here are my notes:
    • #13-Jr QB Feleipe Franks actually had a good day if it were not for two penalties taking away one of his scores. He finished 12/17, 174 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63.7 QBR 164.2 RAT with 8 rushing attempts and 23 yards. Kentucky developed a game plan predicated entirely on stopping Feleipe Franks, and it worked. If it were not for the offensive line penalties, Franks might have had the Gators tied up at 14-14 in the 2nd quarter. Give Kentucky some credit for putting together a good game plan. Franks will end the season going 42/54 (77.8%) for 524 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, and a rating of 176.3.
    • #11-Jr QB Kyle Trask looked good in relief. He led the Gators to 19 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and went 9/13, 126 yards, 86.1 QBR 213.2 RAT with 1 rushing attempt for 4 yards and a touchdown. He performed best when he was allowed to roll outside the pocket (minus that one time he threw a jump ball across his body). Kyle succeeded by not playing into Kentucky's game plan to stop Feleipe Franks. Kyle's best plays were the ones where Dan Mullen dialed up the old spread option plays from the Tebow days. He was also afforded better run blocking along the strong side in that 4th quarter.
    • #16-Sr WR Freddie Swain has a knack for getting behind the Kentucky defense. He finished with 4 receptions, 57 yards, and 1 touchdown.
    • #3-So DB Marco Wilson seemed to be targeted as the weak point in the Gator secondary. He actually did not need to interfere with the pass that led to Kentucky's first TD. He had the angle. He seems to have lost a step and can no longer win those 50/50 battles, as was the case in the 3rd quarter when Kentucky scored their third TD.
    • #31-Jr DB Shawn Davis is stepping up and should see more playing time.
    • #33-Sr LB David Reese II somehow spent a lot of time in pass coverage. He led the team with 16 tackles, 13 solo, but he should also get credit for "passes defended assists", since he always seemed to be around the ball when there was a successful pass defended.
    • #92-RSr DE Jabari Zuniga was injured in the opening defensive series and did not play in the remainder of the game. This might help explain why the Gators were only able to get 1 sack and a couple QB hurries in this game.
    • #58-GrTr BUCK Jonathan Greenard was held to 1 sack and a QB hurry. He probably would have more sacks if he had Zuniga on the other side.
    • #2-Jr DB Brad Stewart Jr had his ups and downs.
    • Kentucky's offensive line and defensive line are both legitimate. Take a look at the mass of those players. The only thing keeping Kentucky out of contention is better in-game coaching. Give credit to the Kentucky's coaching staff for taking unranked and low-ranked linemen and making them quite dangerous. On defense they were able to rush 4 and smother the Gator receivers. When they rushed 5 it often was disastrous for the Gators.
    • Kentucky #91-Sr DE Calvin Taylor spent more time in the Gator backfield than our own running backs did. He ran all the way through the Gator's right tackle/ right guard, up through the Gator's left tackle/ left guard, and delivered the killing blow to Feleipe Franks' backside in the season-ending tackle. Give credit to Taylor, but shame on the Gator offensive line strong side for letting Kentucky swim in the Gator backfield with relative impunity.

    SUMMARY: The Gators have some things that they can fix as they head into the meat of their SEC schedule. Florida looked bad, partly because Kentucky developed a game plan solely based on winning their marquee game. Injuries certainly are plaguing the Gator's ability to win by scheming around their weaknesses.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
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  15. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Superb, penetrating analysis, E-.
    There it all is; main questions are:
    (1) Can EVERYONE in the SEC count on being able to follow this blueprint?
    (2) Can WE successfully adjust?
    (3) How soon will we be likely getting our key injured players back?
    (4)What is the TRUE "emotional health" of this team? Can our guys carry the palpable "coming together" to support each other forward, rally right on through the schedule from here?
    That last is the BIG one. We all saw it, FELT it--and if we can make it a clear and constant theme, central to team unity, how all approach preparation and the manner in which each player and coach, individually and together go about their business every week for the rest of this season, then we will be a formidable opponent indeed.
    We will first have to heal as best we can; meanwhile scheme with an eye towards limiting the weak spots that injuries and inherent lack of depth pose for us as we face each opponent's likeliest strategy for using THEIR strengths against us...all the while continuing to do the best with what WE'VE got against THEM. All that hasn't changed much, after all: Only the personel and the overall "psyche" of our team has shifted, and must ADAPT.
    COACHING, as much as anything else, WILL make the difference there.
    These young men WANT to succeed! They will be EAGER to grab onto the positives, if offered, and rally together FOR EACH OTHER. Our coaching staff must look at this as an OPPORTUNITY:
    We can come through all of this and out the other side MORE of a "team" than EVER!
     
  16. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    1. Kentucky made it a point to follow this blueprint, because this is their bowl game. Beating Florida is their obsession. Kentucky has nothing else in its playbook other than "beat Feleipe Franks and the Gators". This was obvious when Kyle Trask came in.
    2. Florida can adjust. It did adjust. When Trask came in, the Gators ran a completely new offense (the spread option from the Tebow era), then shifted back to the RPO offense that they used with Franks--but they switched out receivers. The question is whether or not Mullen will want to switch back and forth between spread option and RPO against other teams or if this was a one-off situation.
    3. The Gators really need Jabari Zuniga and CJ Henderson. Zuniga should be back next week. Henderson could be back next week or soon thereafter.
    4. Good question. We will not know the emotional health of the team until next week and soon thereafter.
     
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  17. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    @Escambia94,
    Thankyou...You actually (and cogently) answered the questions I posed--which rather than meant rhetorically,
    I posed in the hope that they were indeed literally ANSWERABLE...
    All except #4, of course--to which in truth the only CERTAIN answer was bound to be, "Time will tell..."
    Meanwhile, I am just finishing MY rewatch of last night's game (Hammond just scooted around the edge to bust it open here at the end...GOD, it really DID go on and ON here in the final seconds...)
    ...and the obvious summary is, "We were BEATEN for 3 quarters--and were headed for ignominious defeat it seemed FOR SURE with Feliepe in there, and Mullens was NOT inclined to mess with FF's fragile psyche by yanking him--or he would have done it before the fatal play. Coach HAD adequate "cover" for doing so earlier when he first seemed to tweak the same ankle getting sacked earlier in the quarter.
    Now, statistics may suggest otherwise, but leadership- and results-wise Franks was already having another bad day against UK--arguably his worst yet situationally. Given everything we'd seen so far, by that point late in the 3rd I was (and remain) convinced we were on our way to a loss. I mean, I was certain Mullens wouldn't replace Franks unless he were actually KNOCKED OUT OF THE GAME, and that we were on our way to certain defeat at that point long as Feliepe stayed in there (yes, I am ashamed to admit that this thought literally went through my mind: that FF would have to get knocked OUT of the game for us to have ANY chance to get one of our other QBs in there to shake things up and possibly WIN it--only I thought it would likely be Jones...No matter what, though, I can honestly say that at no time did I wish true ill upon Filiepe; I HATED seeing the tragic sequence that in fact came to pass.).
    Well, we got what we got--and lets face this much at least: Mullens too has some things still to learn from that game--indeed, from "the game" in general.
    Lots more could be said about all that, but I think you have well-addressed our current reasons for both caution and hope. We'll leave it there for now--and move on with hopefully a more positive outlook.
     

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