Bits & Pieces: Florida vs. Virginia in the Orange Bowl

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    Kyle wasn't himself last night. He normally has more zip on the ball and more accuracy. He may not have the strongest arm but I don't think last night is the game to judge it. He was off.
     
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      He was off, but part of it was they were trying to take away the pass and dare us to run. It wasn't his best game, but Virginia isn't a bad defense. But as the commentators pointed out there were 4 potential picks that bounces off the hands/chests of UVA defenders in the game. He will have to get better, or he will have to get replaced.
       
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        It just wasn't his night. I really wanted Mullen to let EJ throw some.
         
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          EJ should have gotten more time, I really wonder what we are going to look like next year.
           
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            I think EJ will have to earn Mullens trust throwing the ball. He doesn't seem to trust him.
             
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              Thanks, cover. One comment: DBU ain't DBU.
               
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                  His block on the flea flicker was beautiful. Not many guys would have made that play.
                   
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                      No way in hell we win 11 games with a QB have 3* accuracy and 1* arm strength. He ain't Tom Brady but he's better than that.
                       
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                        Pretty sure his lower rating was because he didn't start in highschool. Trask has average arm strength but not below average as you suggested. The only 1* arm strength QB we've had in recent years was noodle arm Del Rio.
                         
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                          Great job on the game summary Cover. No surprise that UVA hung in with us. They were pissed by the media boys telling them that they didn't belong in the OB. Trask did not have a good night and not sure why. But it happens. He looked late in his reads and his throws didn't appear sharp. I thought CDM did a good job of adjustments and creativity when needed. His timing on QB substitutions could be questioned. Would like to see more snaps under center in the red zone especially with EJ. I realize it negates the RPO scheme but we seem to get good results with the single back , and can mix in a play action pass to slow down the rush. But we obviously need a much more aggressive and physical OL so maybe next year. As Cover wrote there is optimism for 2020 and the team played hard . Especially proud of the front 7 who attacked Perkins all night. He had great passing game and surely improved his NFL draft potential.
                          Bottom line , this ain't gymnastics and we don't need style points. Just W's. On to 2020.
                           
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                            I agree with most of what you have written but especially this. Sports competition is full of the unexpected and the "best" teams don't always beat the lesser teams. Upsets happen. Which is part of what makes watching live events so much fun. It's great to see that Mullen appears to be teaching the Gators the old Herm Edwards mantra "you play to win the game".

                            Thanks for all your reportage during the season. Happy New Year!
                             
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                              I was thinking the same thing. With Kyle being off , it shows that CDM will not pull a QB to give the team a spark. This reminds me of the Kentucky game where Franks could not get anything going. Had he not gotten hurt, we would have lost that game.
                               
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                                I think the reason Kyle Trasks was a little off, according to what Coach Mullen said in the post game interview, was due to Va.'s defense being focused on taking the passing game away. CDM said most of the other games the opposing defense was set to stop the run first which meant better opportunities in the passing game. It also looked like Trask was trying to aim or was using too much touch on some of his throws.

                                Great year for our Gators we are going the right direction. I am looking forward to next year, how is this year over already??
                                 
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                                  Agree on all points. Especially agree about Pitts. He did a heckuva job blocking last evening, much better than any other game I can remember. He's a prospect.

                                  @Gator By Marriage concerning Trask on the deep balls, I think he's better than last night's performance, but his forte is the intermediate stuff, particularly timing throws. This part of Mullen's scheme suits him pretty well. Thinking back, I believe he had to deal with a lot of safety help on the deep shots (hence the big rushing total).
                                   
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                                    Treon Harris.
                                     
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                                      WWDD What Would Dabo Do?

                                      Dabo would run his Million $$$ QB to the tune of a hundred yards to loosen up the defense.
                                       
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                                      Good stuff as usual, cover! Great perspective on the game and the season.

                                      To read the game thread, you'd think we were losing by 30. Sure, we should've won by a more comfortable margin, but VA played disciplined football - Bronco is no willie. "But climpson embarrassed VA, waaaahhhhh." News flash - we're not climpson.

                                      Will we eventually get there? Maybe. At this point, I can only hope we see no further delays in the facilities upgrade and maybe DM will see the dead weight on his staff and bring in recruiters willing to earn their paycheck.

                                      In the meantime, this football team is not an embarrassment anymore. We're 11-2 with our only losses to #1 lsu and a top 10 ugaly who has out recruited us for the last decade. DM must continue to build on his efforts thus far. If he's nearing his ceiling, hopefully the AD will recognize it. We shall see.

                                      P.S. With the seniors we're losing, DM better close strong in Feb and develop the underclassmen in a hurry!

                                      Go Gators!!!
                                       
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                                        Talk about a massive difference in the passing game. In "good" games for Franks, he was lucky to hit 220 yards. Trask had an off night and still threw for 300. Awesome stuff.
                                         

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