Saturday, September 4, 2010
A real stinker for Florida's offense
By Chris Low
The first post-Tim Tebow game at Florida is in the books, and it wasn’t pretty for the Gators.
That’s not all on John Brantley, either. In fact, a lot of what went wrong Saturday for Florida in its sloppy 34-12 victory over Miami (Ohio) wasn’t Brantley’s fault.
In short, it might have been the worst overall offensive showing of the Urban Meyer era.
The Gators couldn’t get right the most basic aspect of offensive football -- the snap.
There were more than 10 snaps that were either bad, fumbled or simply not executed. It was a miserable day for senior Mike Pouncey, who was moving over to center from guard to take over for his twin brother, Maurkice Pouncey.
Equally disturbing for the Gators was that they couldn’t run the ball with any consistency. There were a ton of negative-yardage plays because of bad snaps, and Florida finished with just 99 rushing yards. Even that figure is deceiving because Jeff Demps broke a 72-yard touchdown run.
Without Tebow, it remains to be seen who will get the tough yards on this team.
Florida was playing without at least three potential starters in its offensive line. Tackles Xavier Nixon and Matt Patchan were out with injuries, and senior guard Carl Johnson missed the game for unspecified reasons.
Brantley, making his starting debut, finished with just 113 yards passing. He threw two touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted, but one of those touchdowns came on a fourth-down desperation heave in the final minutes that was tipped and caught by Chris Rainey. Brantley also had what should have been a touchdown pass in the first half dropped by Deonte Thompson.
The Gators managed four offensive touchdowns. Florida's first touchdown was scored by cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a 67-yard interception return.
One game hardly makes a season or defines a season. But this is an offense that has a ways to go if the Gators are going to get back to Atlanta for a third straight year and play in the SEC championship game.
Nothing against the effort Miami (Ohio) put up, but had the Gators been playing anybody in the SEC on Saturday, they'd probably be 0-1 right now.