New from Will Miles at Read & Reaction, really good write up - some painful tape of pathetic OL blocking. Too long to cut and paste the article: Gators addition of Stewart Reese a huge addition to the offensive line Gators addition of Stewart Reese a huge addition to the offensive line - Read and Reaction f there’s one play that really sticks out from the 2019 season that Florida would like to have back, I think it’s this one. It was the right decision for Mullen to go for it on fourth down here. And I don’t even mind throwing here, especially if it’s to Kyle Pitts in one-on-one coverage. ---- You can see why when you look at Reese on tape. This seems like a pretty straightforward QB power for a touchdown. But I want you to notice two things. First, Reese (#51) ends the play three-yards deep into the end zone, absolutely pancaking the defensive tackle (#18). Second, this isn’t the minor leagues of the SEC I’m showing here. This was a redshirt freshman left tackle absolutely demolishing one of the powers of the SEC West. There was considerable promise looking at how Reese performed in the passing game as well. This seems like a pretty non-descript play. Nick Fitzgerald takes a deep shot into double coverage and misses. But notice that both the right tackle (Reese) and right guard are in one-on-one matchups. Reese absolutely stones the LSU defensive end (Arden Key, #49) and then communicates well with the right guard to switch men once Key redirects inside. When watching this play, all I could think of was the play that Delance got criticized for from the Orange Bowl. I do think Delance is likely responsible for getting a harder jam on linebacker Charles Snowden (#11). But I’m not entirely sure that he isn’t supposed to redirect Snowden to the right guard and take the blitzing corner. Regardless, it’s a problem not only because it results in a sack but because it should have been an easy completion to Van Jefferson who didn’t have anybody underneath to prevent him from getting a first down. By the 13th game of the season, these kinds of things should be taken care of. Takeaway I can’t say that I’m an expert on Stewart Reese’s abilities. But what I can say is that he’s shown some things on the film I’ve watched from 2017 under Mullen that I’m getting excited about what he can contribute to the 2020 Gators. As I mentioned in my article on Georgia QB Jamie Newman, sometimes the stats and numbers don’t necessarily match up and just watching a couple of plays doesn’t really tell you the whole story. But in Reese’s case, the numbers actually say that he was a huge contributor to the success of the Mississippi State offensive line. That offensive line was excellent in 2017 under Mullen with Reese at right tackle. According to Football Outsiders NCAA offensive line stats, that 2017 line ranked 6th in the country at opportunity rate, which measures how often the line did its job on running plays. That line also ranked seventh in adjusted sack rate, indicating it was able to get the job done both in the running game and pass protection. By 2019, the Mississippi State offensive line had fallen to 27th in opportunity rate but to 119th in adjusted sack rate. In our season previews two years ago on Gators Breakdown, I was dubious of Joe Moorhead being able to duplicate the success of Dan Mullen in Starkville, and considering that he’s gone now, I think you’d have to say I was right. The fact that he moved Reese in to guard is fairly perplexing to me. But regardless of whether Mullen plans to install Reese at right tackle or right guard, I don’t think there’s any doubt that Florida just got an upgrade. Not only does he have three years starting in the SEC West, but he’s also familiar with Dan Mullen, and perhaps just as importantly, Dan Mullen is familiar with him. There’s no doubt, the Florida running game just got a lot better. And with Kyle Trask coming back to build on his 2019 campaign where he played really well with no running game to speak of, that should be a scary proposition for the rest of the SEC.