Slevin’s Scurvy Salutations- Progress and a look at UT

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    Hello Gators.


    Progress. Half time adjustments. A foreign concept to Florida football over the last 7 consecutive seasons. As I was screaming into the chat box in all caps in an off red font color wondering why we refuse to let the running backs run the football, Florida came out in the second half and did exactly that: showed continued progress and adjusted the running game.

    After the first quarter, Florida had just 27 rushing yards with 20 of them belonging to Felipe Franks. The quarterback. While Jordan Scarlett and Malik Davis had one carry each and 7 yards between them. After the second quarter: Florida had 14 rushing attempts split between 5 players, and although Scarlett led the group in yardage, he was still 2 carries short of Franks.

    This isn’t surprising. We knew Mullen’s offense and it’s dependability on running his quarterbacks. But with Felipe Franks taking the bulk of the carries, this isn’t a Spielberg movie we have been watching that is laid out, well developed lacking plot holes, and when you reach the ending you’re left relatively enthused. This is more like a latter day M Night Shyamalan movie where you see the mistakes early on, hope that by mid movie that it’s not really going down the road you think it’s going and by the end you’re left saying “what the hell is going on?!?” loudly in your living room, scaring the dog while questioning all that is right with the world.

    Felipe Franks is not a quarterback to lay the weight of a win on his shoulders. He can’t be great. He won’t be great. So as we rolled over to Kentucky like Florida road kill on a sweltering summer day, I was hoping film study by the coaches would lead us to different results headed into a must win home game against arguably the nations worst defense.

    What we got was another lack luster start by our pubed faced quarterback. Early easy throws that missed the mark or that were dropped by open pass catchers. Early on it looked like another game that was going to be put on the shoulders of a shaky quarterback with less confidence than the coach Mullen replaced. (Jim McElwain is to quarterback development as Al Gore was to the creation of the internet. He talked about it, we just have no proof it’s true)

    BUT. Here come the second half adjustments (a half longer than I had hoped). Halle-freakin-lujah.

    Second half Franks stats: 5 passing attempts and just 2 rushing. The game was taken out of his hands and entrusted into his cast of very talented skill position players. What Franks CAN be good at and can succeed at is being the guy that manages and doesn’t have to direct and act and produce and do the lighting, stage set up and get the coffee on top of it. Give him the phone, let him make some calls, and get his clients some work.

    Franks the Manager. Pretty neat, huh?

    (One last take away from CSU: Brett Heggie was inserted into the game, and they ran right behind him to the tune of a 60+ yard Pierce touchdown run. Get this man back in the starting lineup)

    Let’s take a look at UT.

    Tennessee is 2-1, averaging 32 points a game. 62 first downs. 221 rushing yards a game, 187 passing yards and 409 total yards

    Florida: 2-1, 34 points per game. 63 first downs, 185 rushing yards per game, 197 passing yards, 382 total yards.

    Both teams average 39 yards in net punting.

    I want to believe we walk into Vollyworld and walk out with a win. This is a huge game for Pruitt and co. in front of 102k people with less teeth combined than their are seats.

    Tennessee’s best chance at victory would be on the ground. I don’t need to dive into Florida’s secondary shortcomings. Any secondary with Jaawan Taylor and Donovan Stiner is going to have a rough outing. But Tennessee has shown to be anything but good at passing this year. Tennessee has 3 total passing touchdowns all of which were longer than 20 yards (2 over 50). Only one game did they break 200 yards passing and that was against vaunted ETSU, where they torched their secondary for a humiliating 224 yards.

    The stat that you’d think would be their bread and butter would be rushing. UT averages 44 carries a game for 221 rushing yards for 5 yards a carry. This is the first real look at if florida has actually gotten better after the Kentucky fiasco.

    Seeing how piss poor they were vs WVU, let’s just look at the stats they put up against the two cupcakes first:

    Rushing: 267 yards average on 47 attempts per game. 5.68 yard per carry average.

    Passing: although their starter only averages 162 passing yards per game, he is connecting on 72% of his passes.

    I’m seeing a Georgia like offense here in at least what they are trying to accomplish, not necessarily how well they are doing it. Running efficiently, passing when needed and being overly efficient when they do.

    I’m going to be conservative here as I can’t find much info on Tennessee yet.

    20-17 Florida. We see further improvement with the rush D and get bailed out by a not great passing offense by Tennessee that won’t have enough attempts to exploit our terrible depth in the back end. Some special teams plays and turnovers will be the key factor here. I’m very concerned with Florida’s DT’s though. Majority of run stops were caused by the ends against CSU as the DTs could not get off their blocks. Need to see improvement by Slaton and co here or it’s going to be a really rough day for the good guys.

    After all this typing im not even sure I’m making sense or getting any point across, but it’s taken up about an hour of my time so I’m going to go ahead and post it. Let’s see your UT game predictions as well


    Go Gators
     
    #1 Slevin, Sep 16, 2018
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      Agreed Slev...more Heggie.
       
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        Watching it over again, the throw to Scarlett for the third play should have been caught and the back shoulder fade after the first turnover should have been as well. Franks getting little help from the non WRs in the passing game. But he should have started 2-6 with a touchdown.

        Also, kylan Johnson’s pass break up was text book. Eyed the ball and swatted it the second it got the receivers hands. Good to see him get the start over Joseph. Rayshad Jackson did a good job in the run game. Came up and made a few tackles at the LOS or behind it
         
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          My take is Mullen started the game off seeing if Franks could run his offense any better after another week of practice. Looking for improvement. Basically, let’s see if he can be the man after another week of tutoring. If not, we will take the ball out of his hands in the second half. Which happened. It’s Colorado State for God’s sake. They are practice dummies.
           
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            Insensitive bastards. Slev has scurvy. He needs some fruit.
             
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                I ate some gummies earlier that said “made from real fruit” :dance:
                 
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                  Are you calling Slev a fruit?



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                      Like it @Slevin entertaining read
                       
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                      But were you wearing skinny jeans while typing this up...
                       
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                        Wouldn't have been a bad stat line for franks.
                         
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                        It would so please me if Mullen starts by feeding Damian + Perrine + Scarlett to batter UT tacklers. Not only will that soften them, tire them, we will get safer, longer gains that risky Franks can throw for us. I want to see UT players puffing hard, getting cramps.

                        Mullen's got this week to "school" Frank's thinking. Pound it into him. Scheme passes to take advantage of the big size & speed of Swain, Jefferson, Grimes to help Franks complete rifled passes. RBs Pierce, Perrine, Scarlett, Davis? & Toney should know that they are expected to break tackles and gallop.

                        Coach DM, don't make us fret by seeing any of our players in poor execution in sluggish stupid startup.
                         
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                        Two flawed, inconsistent teams. 50/50 game. Think your score prediction is pretty damn good.
                         
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                        Vols suck. Lose this game we finish 2-10/3-9.
                         
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                        He does need help. The Toney pass should have also been caught for a 3-6 2 touchdown stat line.
                         
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                          Franks is 50% on the year. The best QBs are 60%. Even Danny Wuerffel missed 40% of his passes.

                          Im not really sure what some of you were expecting.
                           
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                            Better results on third down. We're 12-30 for the year. That's where Franks' ceiling really shows.
                             
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                            Still doesn’t change that they were catchable balls. 3-6 for two tds is still 50%
                             

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