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In a stunningly poor performance the message board lost in spectacular fashion to a Gator squad loaded with players nobody could identify without a program. The board refused to concede and trash talked to the bitter end......vowing to come back even stronger next year.
Can't believe I'm at 24 years and counting. It's an honor to serve. My wife and 3 daughters deserve a lot of credit for putting up with the sea time and PCS moves (last summer was #10).
Lastly, I've been very fortunate in my CG career. I cannot fathom the difficulties experienced by my DOD counterparts with boots on the ground in hostile territory. IMHO, you guys deserve highest honors!
Today is a day when all Americans should stop and realize that the freedom we have was fought for and paid for with blood and sacrifice. To all my GCMB brothers and sisters that have worn the uniform, and for the families who sacrificed while their loved ones were away defending our freedom, thank you for your service to our great nation! Please, stand and be recognized on this virtual sounding board with your branch of service and the years you served so your fellow posters can see who you are! Thanks again!
- Thread: A new Gator is born!
So I've purposely waited a little while to post my thoughts on the Missouri game, partially so I could rewatch it on DVR, and partially because I wanted to process what I had to say. The game itself at face value was a smashing success. Seeing how Missouri has given us fits whether we've beaten them or not since they joined the East, it was nice to beat them up for once. I'll go around each position group and offer up some points of wisdom for your reading pleasure.
QB - Obviously Del Rio had a rough game. I don't know if it was rust, or if he's still not back to 100%, but he wasn't even close to his best. Underthrows and bad decisions were the story of the game for him. I will say that he did make some absolutely fantastic plays to keep drives alive, the most impressive being his early deep toss to Cleveland under pressure in the pouring rain, and the deep out to Powell in the 2nd half on 3rd and long. The one really big positive about what he did Saturday was he only took one sack despite being under pressure quite a bit. He's very crafty at avoiding the pressure and getting away from the pocket when he needs to instead of panicking and bolting immediately (Driskel and Treon style). And he knows how to throw the ball away. Now we just need him to recognize early that if the primary option on a route tree is double covered, he should maybe go somewhere else with the ball.
RB - The running back by committee didn't bother me until Herndon got in there. Not sure what the hell that was all about. Scarlett and Perine remain our best threats at RB, but Thompson had some very, very good runs himself and seemed to be reading his blocks much better than he was earlier in the season. The three of them combined for 33 carries for 272 yards, a 8.24 ypc average. We can piss and moan about RBBC all we want, but those are GREAT numbers. Some here have said we only had that many yards because we wore them out, but that's sorta the point of RBBC. You've got three fresh RBs going up against a tired defense in the 4th quarter. Look at how Cook and Henry did against us late in those games last year if you want to know how that works out.
WR - Another rough game for this position group outside of Cleveland. Callaway seems to be lost in Neverland somewhere, his head hasn't been in it all year. Two false starts, and he stopped and waited on the ball on Del Rio's pick in the 3rd quarter instead of coming back to the ball. The defender made a nice play to jump the route, but if Callaway had kept coming back, maybe that's just a PBU instead of an INT. Several times during the game, I was watching the route tree and absolutely nobody was getting open. Then when Del Rio scrambled, nobody worked to get open on his side to give him an option for an outlet. Bright side is we have a legit threat in Cleveland, and I hope they can work him into the passing game more as the season rolls on.
TE - Not much to say other than Goolsby and Lewis both remain as good security blankets in the passing game. The throwback to Goolsby was a thing of beauty (my all time favorite offensive play is the rollout throwback to the TE, makes me happier than a fat kid in a candy store).
OL - All in all, they honestly had a pretty good game outside of the penalties. Del Rio only took one sack and they paved the way for almost 300 yards rushing. Most of the times LDR was running for his life was because of the aforementioned lack of ability to get open by the WR. They let in some pressure here and there, but it was a more consistent performance than we're used to seeing from these guys. As far as the false starts are concerned, it looked to me like Dillard was a half count too late snapping the ball. I know people here and Musburger/Palmer (ugh) were blaming the speed rush of Missouri, but it really didn't seem like LDR and Dillard were on the same page with the cadence. If these guys can continue to set the edge on outside runs like they did Saturday, our run game is going to become a real strength for us.
All in all, what I saw from the offense was a "close, but no cigar" kinda day. It was another weird performance like North Texas in which we put up tons of yards, but it didn't show on the scoreboard. I'm hoping that whatever the issue was with the false starts, it gets addressed in practice the next two weeks and they iron it out. Because without those, we're scoring a hell of a lot more points. I'm also continuously baffled at the decision to run on 2nd & long after an incomplete pass on 1st down every single time. I get the strategy, and it makes sense, but you can't do it 100% of the time. I don't see why we can't use the fact that we always run on 2nd & long to our advantage and maybe run some playaction passes to the outside portions of the field. Every DC we face knows what we do on 2nd & long, so we should exploit that. I was also happy to see us take multiple shots down the field. Even if we only hit one of them, you've got to make the defense at least think you're going to throw it deep. That's something Muschamp has still never figured out.
Defensively, there's not much to say other than we completely and utterly shut down a passing offense that was in the top 10 nationally. I know they've played some weak teams and padded their stats, but many people here were wringing their hands over this passing attack all week and thinking we were about to get smoked. What I saw was a cat toying with a mouse and then finally killing it with two pick 6's. Drew Lock had 4 complete passes, one of which was a quick screen, and one of which was one of those quick toss jet sweeps where it counts as a pass because he tosses the ball forward. So Drew Lock, who everyone was so afraid of, had TWO complete passes downfield the whole game. You guys can make all the sarcastic "DBU" comments you want, but that was just about as dominant as it gets.
The rushing yards we gave up were ok in my book. The way Missouri's offense was, and I'm not sure if this was apparent on TV, is they spread you wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out. I'm talking there were times when there wasn't a WR within 20 yards of the tackle box in either direction. By design, they spread as many defenders out as they can and then try to sneak the RB up the middle. If an OL or two can get to the second level and disrupt the LBs long enough for the RB to slip by, you get a gash. Most of their running plays against the first string guys ended up in the negative or 0-3 yard range, but they hit a couple plays here and there. Then they padded their stats with like 160 yards against our scrubs, so whatever. Since they're literally the only team we'll play the rest of the year that runs an offense like that, it doesn't bother me.
What does bother me is Jarrad Davis being hurt. He couldn't put one iota of weight on his left foot coming off the field. That's bad. Really bad. He's lucky it's not broken, but I'm guessing there's going to be some type of tear in his ankle ligaments. I'll be shocked if he comes back at all this year. Nice thing is, Reese filled in admirably, and Anzalone had another solid game. But neither of them can get hurt now, because the drop off after them is drastic.
At the end of the day, winning "ugly" 40-14 is a hell of a lot better than losing "ugly" 42-13 (like the last time Missouri came to Gainesville). Looking forward at the rest of the season, @Arkansas remains our toughest test. UGA is in shambles and has been all year, still very fortunate to not be a 2-win team. USC is an absolute joke. They might score about 6 points at most on us in the Swamp. We'll see with LSU and FSU, as they're both Jekyll & Hyde teams. Being on the road against them sucks, but it is what it is at this point. Arkansas is going to be a tough one, though. They've been really balanced on offense and their defense has shown improvement. They also get a bye week while we play UGA. It's going to take our best game of the year to beat them, so hopefully our boys are healthy and up to the task.
Thanks for reading my novel, I'll be doing a book signing this afternoon at 4 if anyone's interested. Go Gators!
THANK YOU to all of you Vets for keeping this country safe and secure...
I'll refrain from posting my ROTC picture
But I do have a special thanks to my favorite drill instructor when I was growing up...
Thanks Dad -
RIP "Big Ed" -
USAF SSgt '57 - '65 | GI Bill - UF '69 | USArmy Reserve MSgt '73 - '90.
Please indulge me while I honor my dad, a Marine and a member of the 1st Marines regiment that engaged in hand-to-hand combat against the Japanese on Okinawa. It looked something like this.
He took a Japanese slug to the gut and was destined to bleed to death if not for the efforts of several of his buddies who dragged him to safety. I'm here to tell this story because of their heroism.
My dad was a badass, a great dad and yet kind of screwed up, but he was my dad. I'm proud as hell for his courage and his service. Happy Vet's Day, Dad.
I was there I and saw the whole incident go down.
It all started innocently enough in the meeting room with Lewis trying to get the receivers fired up for a good practice. He wrote a few things on the board about beating the CBs, one of which included the phrase "their overrated."
Teez saw this and immediately got in Lewis' face about the improper use of the word "their." Lewis insisted that the word was spelled correctly but Teez insisted that although he did in fact spell it properly he was using a synonym of the word "they're." Lewis partially conceded the point but noted that it wasn't a synonym but in fact a homonym, and that furthermore it isn't really a word per se but in fact a contraction of two words. Well Teez wouldn't back down, insisting that it was in fact a synonym, not a homonym.
Well as you can imagine, things got pretty heated after that and it wasn't long until helmets were swinging and one guy even pulled a knife. Thank sweet baby Jesus that a shirtless Spurrier walked into the room just then with a set of spinning nun chucks and scared the bejeebus out of everybody in the room. Poor Teez didn't see him though until it was too late...when he turned to see what everyone was staring at he inadvertently walking right into the path of the swinging weapon and got his melon split wide open.
Thankfully, everyone was quickly shuffled into the nearest safe space by the coaching staff and grief counselors from the English department were summoned post haste. In addition to the aforementioned suspensions, both Lewis and Tabor have been ordered to diagram 10 compound sentences on the blackboard and to memorize the X 13 multiplication tables. Both should be back in the lineup prior to us hosting the mighty Presbyterian Blue Hose for Homecoming Week.
- Thread: 2016 Class/Remaining Targets
I've been working on this today,Enjoy!
QBs- (2) Feleipe Franks - Early Enrollee
Kyle Trask - Early Enrollee
We needed a future QB and we got one in Feleipe Franks who's a Top 50 composite QB.
Kyle Trask is a big kid with a good arm. He's a project but he's very low risk, high reward.
We are done at QB.
RBs - (2) Mark Thompson - Early Enrollee
Lamical Perine - Solid, no more visits
We needed two more RBs and we grabbed our top guys early and moved on to the rest of the class.
We are done at RB.
WRs - (4) Joshua Hammond - Early Enrollee
Freddie Swain - Early Enrollee
Dre Massey - Early Enrollee
Rick Wells - Solid but still visiting other schools
Remaining Board: Eli Stove ( Official Visit to UF this weekend)
Tyrie Cleveland (Official Visit to UF on 1/29)
Tre Nixon (possible Official Visit to UF)
Nate Craig-Myers (longshot)
Sam Bruce (down the board)
Most likely we get One more from the above list but two is a strong possibility. With three of our top targets already going through Spring workouts, we have already met the needs at WR. Adding Stove and Cleveland would make this one of the best WR classes ever for Florida.
Tight End (1) - None currently committed
Remaining Board: Nick Eubanks (Official Visit to UF this weekend)
We appear to be all in for Nick Eubanks. Hopefully this one happens this weekend. I've noticed we don't seem to be turning up the heat recruiting others so I'm taking that as a positive.
Offensive Lineman - (3) Stone Forsythe - Early Enrollee
Brett Heggie - Solid, no more visits
Jawaan Taylor - Solid, no more visits
Remaining Board: Landon Dickerson (Officially visited on Jan 15)
John Simpson (Officially visited on Jan 15)
Malcolm Pridgeon (Officially Visited on Dec 11)
Greg Eiland (longshot)
Some concern for me that Eiland is getting a visit after hosting Simpson and Dickerson. I think the we made big moves for Simpson and Dickerson but we NEED at least one more OL. I think Mac is definitely covering our bases here,so we'll see what happens.
Defensive End - (3) Jordan Smith (Early Enrollee)
Antonneous Clayton (solid, no planned visits except UF)
Jachai Polite (Solid, possible visit to USC)
Remaining Board: Brian Burns
Brian Burns appears to be the only realistic option left on the board. This group is all about adding Burns and holding onto Clayton and Polite. If we can do that, this Defensive End class will be Stout.
Defensive Tackle - (1) Shavar Manuel (solid, Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Remaining Board: None.
We got our top target here. Dexter Lawrence was the other big fish but he went to Clemson. Shavar Manuel is an excellent prospect and I look forward to him getting back to his five star form under Rumph and the Gator conditioning staff.
We're done at DT
Linebackers - (3) David Reese (Early Enrollee)
Jeremiah Moon (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Vosean Joseph (shaky, possibly flip to Alabama - Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Remaining Board: Mack Wilson (Officially Visits Florida Jan 29)
Jaleel Laguins (Officially Visited Florida Jan 15)
Josh Uche (Officially Visits Florida Jan 29)
Dontavious Jackson (Officially Visited Florida Jan 15)
Elysee Mbem Bossee (Officially Visits Florida Jan 22)
Dee Walker (possible visit?)
We must bring in at least 3 linebackers. The class is currently a prospective class with lower ranked players with big potential. However, the class could easily jump to elite with Mack Wilson and Uche but we have a lot of work left to do to make that happen.
Defensive Backs - (6) Chauncey Gardner (Early Enrollee)
McArthur Burnett (Early Enrollee)
Quincy Lenton (solid, officially visits Florida Jan 29?)
Jaewon Taylor (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Aaron Robinson (shaky, grades, no official)
Christopher McWilliams (solid, officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Antonio Nelson (solid, Officially visits Florida Jan 29)
Remaining Board: Kristian Fulton (Officially Visits Jan 29)
Tyler Byrd (longshot to rejoin class)
I think we have the numbers but the elite talent level we're use to at DB isn't there yet. Adding Fulton would be huge for this DB class.
Kickers - (1) Eddie Pineiro (Early Enrollee)
Remaining Board: Mitchell Wasson (PK)
We blasted one out the park in this department! Now we're after Wasson he's being recruited as a walk on which would only make this better and hopefully put our FG kicking issues behind us.
Overall, I think this is a class that is deserving of its Top 5-8 ranking (depending on what site you use)
The 12 early enrollees are huge and should not be forgotten about.
One thing this coaching staff has showed is they don't care about rankings and go after the guys they think are best for them. A lot of those underranked players that our coaches targeted early have been heavily coveted late in the recruiting process. That tells me they were RIGHT on their evaluations.
That being said, it's going to get interesting over the next 2 weeks and hopefully we finish strong. Go
- Thread: Bits & Pieces: Florida vs. Iowa
If nothing else can be said, it was nice to see the bowl outcome today on the heels of the end to this season (and last). Seemed to be a better attitude and certainly effort this year compared to the last bowl and that was surely heartening given the depleted roster. The biggest question I have now is what type of impact will this game have on the remaining weeks of this recruiting cycle? Most definitely it would have to give a little confidence in the program to some of the remaining targets and perhaps bolster the committed to prevent any last minute flips? I would like to think that a couple of staff changes would also help as well, but that remains to be seen. So for a few moments, maybe it's best to just enjoy a bowl outcome that was once consistently expected and reflect on a game that didn't end as closely as many of us initially thought:
- The way Appleby started, I couldn't help but think that we were going to be down a couple of scores and fail to get any closer given our offensive woes and Iowa's defensive rep. But that wasn't the case. He shook off some early gaffs and settled in to do enough good to help us win. I wouldn't say he "carved" the Hawkeyes up by any means, but he made a few nice throws and managed the lead. Again, I think he's a good young man, but not a particularly great QB (better than LDR), so it was good to see him go out on a positive note. That said, I hope we are past the transfer QB's for a while even though the fact that we didn't pull a red shirt off even as bad as we struggled from this position this year doesn't exactly fill me with confidence!
- Marcel Harris continues to improve. Nice to see him becoming a leader of the D by his improved play and aggressiveness. Several other youngsters gave notice...Vosean Joseph and Chauncey Gardner did a lot of good things obviously and maybe even without the recognizable depth, we are developing a nucleus of the next great unit? Time will tell, but the aforementioned depth, especially at LB, has to begin being addressed now. We'll see if any can be added at this late date.
- Stopping the Hawkeyes drive to begin the second half was big. They were running it up our @ss and a score could have given them the momentum and created some doubt on our part. But we avoided it and went on to put some points of our own up on the board. Kudos to our guys in this regard.
- A few things that concern me still are the poor fundamentals that we seem to display every game. Defensively, the two most concerning are the tackling errors (high, poor wrap-up, flying in out of control with no break down) and loss of contain by the DE's, particularly against the boot action where we flatten out and can't redirect once the QB changes direction. This continues to speak to shoddy coaching IMO seeing how it has been continuous. Youth of the players is a contributing factor but shouldn't be an excuse at this point.
- Digging up an old debate, I'll be glad to not have to see Appleby try the little pitch to his left ever again. Sure, it would have had a positive outcome if it could have been executed. Poor guy looked like he was wearing two slick furry mittens. Thank goodness that play wasn't for the win.
- OL was decent in pass pro and erratic with run blocking. I'd still have to say that they ended the season better than they began, but this is a group that will need to be much more consistent next season. We all know this, but can it happen?
- DL, with a few exceptions, was pretty decent most of the game and got some pressure on the Iowa QB. Nice to see Brantley and Ivie make a couple of plays and go out on a high note. Most think we've got a few good youngsters, but we need some more bodies and talent as well. Kid from Leesburg would be a great addition if we could add him. Our high school played him this year and he pretty much wrecked us single-handedly, and we've got a RB committed to Bama who is pretty special but was held to far less than what he usually averages rushing.
- I was glad to see Garcia get to step in and play. Another good kid who is also a great citizen and representative of the Gators. That said, he struggled, but benefitted from our DL play. He didn't hurt us and will take some great memories with him.
- Got tired of hearing the announcers beat the Iowa QB's hamstring injury and him staying in the game to death. It's football. Players are supposed to play through some pain, or at least they used to.
- Hate to see our punter leave. He was a good one. Could flip the field as good as anyone. Hope he has a career at the pro level that equals Ray Guy.
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