Too many turnovers both teams. What does that mean?
On Auburn's side, it shows a great defense can make their freshman superstar look like, well, just a freshman.
On Florida's side, it's Kyle Trask still not learning when to tuck and run, or just tuck and go down. It's a skill he needs to learn, and learn fast! I just hope his knee is OK. After the cortisone wears off, that thing is going to hurt like hell.
The other fumble, by Pierce, was just a fierce hit. He was almost knocked out by that helmet to helmet.
The lack of imagination in play calling, in my opinion, shows how uncomfortable Mullen is with the ability of the Oline. He wants to run the ball, and we have the backs to do it. The blocking just isn’t there. Perine needs carries - he gets better as the game goes on - but it is hard to justify running into a brick wall over and over again when the push just isn’t there. If you look at the box score, we were very balanced in terms of rush/pass which probably kept Auburn enough off balance for us to move the ball with the short throws. Trask, for the most part, makes good pre-snap reads, gets the ball out fast, and is accurate with his throws. However, we are going to have to start taking more deep shots to keep LSU and Georgia honest. Otherwise, they are going to attack us at the line of scrimmage and sack Trask about 25 times. We have the receivers to stretch the field, and hopefully we can get Toney back to add a wrinkle or two to the running game. I would like to see us take some deep shots early next week to try and buck our current trends on offense. Otherwise, I think Mullen is being fairly smart in terms of trying to mask the problem areas up front - conservative and boring, yes, but effective enough to squeak by. Also, it helped that we were playing at home yesterday. That was a huge advantage
"Otherwise, they are going to attack us at the line of scrimmage and sack Trask about 25 times." I don't disagree entirely but I thought that about Auburn. Their D line was supposed to dominate, and it did in the run game, until Perine took off late, but they only got 4 sacks. Unfortunately, 3 of them resulted in fumbles lost. I'm not sure LSU's or UGA's D lines are better than Auburn's. Maybe, but that was a quality team there, and the Gators stood tall. Home field, yes, that was great, especially with them having a freshman QB - he had a QBR of 7. We're about to find out if Kyle "my knee hurts" Trask is going to be able to handle the flip side of that crowd noise.
As for "conservative and boring" that's what we're going to see in these tight games. I hope Mullen has some plays called that give them fits next Saturday night, but you can expect a lot of slants and other short passes. There just won't be enough time to take those deep shots everyone wants.
I just watched a clip of the first TD, Trask to Swain. The reason that play broke open was the accuracy of the throw, he hit him in stride. Franks was less accurate with the ball - I've seen that a few times where the WR had to adjust to the ball, make the catch, and then gets tackled. I think the offense may be better with Trask in there. Don't get me wrong, I love both of them, this is just an observation.
My point about attacking us at the line of scrimmage is really more about the coverage. Obviously our line is going to get manhandled from here on out given we can’t hang with even KY up front. But if they don’t respect the deep threat or run, the corners and safeties are going to press and jump those slants and drag routes leaving Trask with nowhere to go. The good thing is that we have athletes that can create separation when we spread the field. Either way it will be interesting to see what adjustments are made
Great win. Ugly but still great. I was probably most impressed by the DTs. I knew we were great off the edge but they kept the LBers clean and controlled the line of scrimmage. We tackled really well as a whole. Helps that Bo Nix is pretty terrible. Awesomely terrible comparison of Nix to Tim Tebow by Danielson especially as he got solo tackled multiple times by sub 200 lbs. DBs. Grantham called a helluva game, didn't take as much as I thought it would to stop Auburn but credit where it's due he didn't fuck it up.
Trask did an okay/pretty good job and with these receivers and the best TE in the country against a young secondary and a gassed Defense that doesn't really get a lot of pressure (for all their acclaim Auburn came in 96th in the country in sacks) that was plenty. He's a game manager and I don't mean that in a bad way, his strength is managing the offense. I'm concerned that the plant leg injury is going to rob him of some arm strength and he doesn't have an abundance to lose, but I guess we'll see.
I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I'm ready for the Emory Jones era to start in earnest. He has a cannon and I think he gives us a running game and puts defenses on their heels. The only thing that stopped him when he came in relief was we pulled the reins on the play calling once he got us in FG position. Not a bad move when your best offense is to give the ball back to Bo Nix, but EJ looks like he could be special. I thought Auburn was better but felt good when the insiders opened it at a pick em. LSU they opened at 14. I think we're going to need special against UGA and LSU.
“I think there are some key components for our football team that aren't playing for us right now. And we're very thin in some areas. And it is what it is. I'm not making excuses, that's just the facts, and it's real. I think we've got a good staff and I think that we've got a really good football team. They're fighting their butt off this Saturday, first of all, and heading into spring. And I'm excited about that. I'm excited about this Saturday and our guys getting out and competing again."
Post by Ocean Gator on Oct 7, 2019 14:31:30 GMT -5
I don't really consider it an "ugly" win. The only thing that made it at all ugly was having those costly fumbles. And that's pretty fixable. As great as Trask is on his reads and overall football smarts, he needs to learn when to tuck the ball up and run when the pocket collapses. Sure, it's not his forte, but anything is better than giving up the ball, especially in either red zone. I think Trask is a great quarterback, though. He just needs to hold onto that ball when he gets hit.
I like us putting Jones in occasionally to change things up, but I don't think he can handle the whole game. Simply having a cannon for an arm isn't enough, as has been proven many times at Florida.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with where we are and the way this team is truly getting better every week. Most of the pundits thought it was a foregone conclusion that Florida would lose this game. I love that we proved them wrong. Now we have an even bigger challenge coming up at Death Valley. But seeing the way this team is handling adversity and never giving up, I like our chances.
Let's just remember we are 6-0, ranked #7 in the country and seem to be building up steam. Definitely, the team can't rest on its laurels, but I believe Mullen is good at keeping them focused, keeping them hungry.