10/11: Florida-LSU post-game report

By Adam Silverstein
October 12, 2014

A soul-crushing 50-yard game-winning field goal pushed the LSU Tigers (5-2, 1-2 SEC) ahead of the Florida Gators (3-2, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, as LSU took advantage of multiple Florida miscues to pull off a 30-27 come-from-behind victory in The Swamp.

Head coach Will Muschamp spoke with the media after the close loss, and OnlyGators.com takes a look at a number of key moments in the game.

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» After the win, LSU is now 27-31-3 all-time against Florida, trailing the Gainesville portion of the series 12-15-3. The Tigers have won four of their last five meetings with the Gators.
» Saturday was the 44th consecutive year, dating back to 1979, that UF and LSU squared off on the gridiron.
» The Gators are now 21-5 against unranked opponents under Muschamp and 12-3 against unranked SEC teams during his tenure.
» Florida has converted 19-of-20 red zone trips into points this season but have only scored 11 red zone touchdowns through five games.
» The Gators scored more than 21 points in regulation for the first time in nine SEC games.
» UF’s offensive line once again did not allow a sack; the Gators have only given up five through five games, including none against Eastern Michigan, Alabama and LSU.
» Florida entered Saturday with a +8 turnover margin but lost three turnovers in the game and did not gain any back; the Gators are now +5 for the season. UF gained 15 turnovers in its first four games.
» Florida’s run defense had only allowed 11 double-digit runs on the year entering Saturday’s game but gave up nine more over the course of the LSU contest.
» Redshirt senior wide receiver Quinton Dunbar entered Saturday having caught a pass in 32-straight games. He dropped his only target of the evening and came three games away from tying a school record for most consecutive contests with a reception.


OPENING STATEMENT

“You know, uh, had our opportunities. Countless. Third-and-25, we had a miscommunication on an empty check. You cut a guy loose in that situation, you don’t deserve to win. Guys responded, came right back. Jeff [Driskel] made a nice throw to Demarcus [Robinson], who finished the play down there. We get an opportunity inside the 3-yard line to score, we don’t get it done. Defense does a great job, comes back, makes a stop, gives you an opportunity to win the game. We’re trying to go win the game and they get a blitz look, we heightened the ball inside, tipped ball, they get the ball [off an interception] there. Credit them. They made the plays when they needed to. …

“We never got anything much going other than Jeff in the running game. We felt good on some designed runs that we had for him in the game. Got to continue to search for consistency throwing the football, catching the football. Defensively, we just can’t have a mental error like we had. They’re a good running football team, we knew that coming in. We knew they’d gain some yards. Certainly felt like we’d play the blocks a little better up front than we did. Our guys fought their butts off, they had an opportunity to win the game, we didn’t get it done. That’s the bottom line. Credit LSU too, they got a good team.”

INJURY UPDATES

The Gators lost arguably their three best players at one point or another during Saturday’s contest, but an injury to junior wide receiver Latroy Pittman late in the fourth quarter was obviously the most serious. Pittman, trying to make his way over the middle to haul in a pass from Driskel, was drilled with a lowered helmet on a helmet-to-helmet hit (no penalty); the result of the play was a tipped ball and interception, and Pittman lay motionless on the field until trainers arrive. The Swamp was silent as Pittman was carefully loaded onto a board and than carted off the field. In a somewhat feel-good moment, he gave a thumbs up to the crowd, and Muschamp provided what sounded like a positive update after the game.

“We think Latroy Pittman’s going to be fine. He had all movement [in his extremities],” he said. “I think more than anything, precautionary [decision] to make sure that he’s OK.”

On Sunday, the Gators noted that Pittman was released from the hospital Saturday night after “everything checked out.”

The first player to be sidelined Saturday was junior running back Matt Jones. Muschamp had deemed Jones a game-time decision with knee swelling on Wednesday, but Jones’s knee was apparently fine entering the game; instead, he had a huge wrap around his left ankle. He gained 18 yards on five touches but was removed before halftime and never returned, as Muschamp said his ankle was “loose” while he was on the field.

Sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was also forced to exit the game for good, though Muschamp did not specify his injury. Midway through the second quarter, Hargreaves appeared to connect his helmet with LSU RB Leonard Fournette’s knee, and it looked like he was dealing with a head injury. He went into the locker room before the half and came out wearing street clothes. “I think he’s gonna be fine,” Muschamp said.

Redshirt senior defensive tackle Leon Orr (knee) and freshman linebacker Daniel McMillian (head) did not suit up for the contest. Freshman DT Gerald Willis did not play in the game after getting into an altercation with redshirt sophomore QB Skyler Mornhinweg on Monday.

THE INTERCEPTION & THE CLOCK

Following a great defensive stand, the Gators started with the ball on their own 42-yard line and 54 seconds left on the clock. Florida, which did not have any timeouts, chose to try and work the ball up the field safely with Driskel completing back-to-back screen passes to freshman RB Brandon Powell for a total gain of 13 yards. Suddenly on the Tigers’ 45-yard line, with about 10 yards to go until redshirt sophomore kicker Austin Hardin could have attempted a long-but-possible 52-yard field goal, UF went away from safe and Driskel threw a pass over the middle that was tipped up, intercepted and returned 23 yards down to the home team’s 36-yard line.

LSU ran one play with 24 seconds remaining, a Terrence Magee rush over the right tackle for a three-yard gain. Florida appeared to try and hinder the official’s ability to spot the ball as the clock ran down and the Tigers did not have a timeout to call. With three seconds remaining, the referee called an official timeout to stop the clock, add seven seconds to it and give LSU a chance to spike the ball and then attempt what would eventually be a game-winning 50-yard field goal.

“Got down there at the end, I’m not real sure exactly what happened with the clock there. I’ve never been in a situation her they put seven seconds back on the clock. I’ll call Steve Shaw [SEC head of officials] for an explanation. I don’t know if I’ll ever get any, but certainly will call to try to find out,” Muschamp said. “So if you ask me about it, I don’t know. I never got an explanation on the sideline. I don’t know. I don’t know. I’ve never been a part of that situation. No flags thrown. I don’t know. We’ll find out.”

THE FAILED DRIVE

The Gators looked to be down and out after allowing the Tigers to convert a seemingly-impossible third down and seeing the visitors wind up in the end zone two plays later (see below). Instead, Driskel and Florida’s offense responded with one of its best plays of the season.

Driskel, who once again struggled with his deep ball throughout the game and threw an early interception on one such pass, hit sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Robinson in stride for a 73-yard gain on 1st and 10 from UF’s own 25-yard line. The Gators suddenly faced 1st and Goal at the LSU 2, but Florida was unable to convert the drive into a touchdown.

“Guys responded, came right back. Jeff made a nice throw to Demarcus, who finished the play down there. We get an opportunity inside the 3-yard line to score, we don’t get it done,” explained Muschamp.

Powell rushed over the left guard for a yard, Driskel was stopped up the middle for no gain, and the Gators were forced to come up with something a bit more creative on third down. It appeared as if offensive coordinator Kurt Roper called a triple option. Driskel chose not to hand the ball off or run it himself (both correct decisions with defenders covering the run options) and instead found senior tight end Tevin Westbrook in the back of the end zone…except Westbrook dropped the ball after trying to catch it with his fingers.

“He got open; he just didn’t make the play, obviously,” Driskel said after the game. “Physical mistakes happen. We’re going to be there for him and we’re going to continue to pick him up because I’m sure he’s feeling down on himself right now. But that’s not a play that wins or loses a game.”

Florida settled for an 18-yard field goal from redshirt senior K Frankie Velez to tie the game.

THE BUSTED COVERAGE

Florida would not have needed Westbrook to catch that touchdown had its defense not once again been unable to stop LSU on a 3rd and Long that most teams would have no problem defending.

Backing themselves up into a 3rd and 25 scenario after an 11-yard sack and substitution infraction, Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings completed a 41-yard pass down the right sideline to WR Travin Dural; Dural caught a 11-yard touchdown (one-handed) to complete the drive and put LSU ahead.

“Third-and-25, we had a miscommunication on an empty check. You cut a guy loose in that situation, you don’t deserve to win,” Muschamp said.

“We had a good coverage called, they aligned in empty, we had an empty check, and we didn’t get it communicated to one guy. Ten guys got it and one guy didn’t. So we didn’t cover the guy, so we didn’t get it communicated. We got it signaled across the board, and we had a miscommunication.”

WHAT RUNNING BACKS?

With Jones injured and Muschamp seemingly having trust issues with Florida’s other ball carriers, Driskel became the Gators’ primary rusher on Saturday. He toted the rock 21 times for 71 yards, converting some important downs and dragging two defenders into the end zone for a touchdown along the way.

Yet no matter how well Driskel ran, it was foolish of Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to think that a struggling player accounting for 83 percent of Florida’s offense on Saturday (183 passing yards, 71 rushing yards out of 306 total yards for UF) would be enough to win the game.

Except…it would have been enough…had Westbrook caught the perfectly-placed touchdown pass Driskel threw him. Had he caught that ball, the Gators would’ve been up 31-27 and Driskel never would’ve been throwing when Florida regained possession.

Then again, if the Gators decided to give another one of their running backs and opportunity to tote the rock, Westbrook may have never been called on to make that catch in the first place.

“We never got anything much going other than Jeff in the running game. We felt good on some designed runs that we had for him in the game,” Muschamp said.

It would be hard for Florida to get something going in the running game when the three running backs that did touch the ball aside from Jones accounted for only six carries on the evening.

Redshirt senior Mack Brown (one carry, no gain) and sophomore Kelvin Taylor (two carries, no gain) did yeoman’s work filling in for Jones during the 2013 season – averaging 3.6 and 4.7 yards per carry, respectively – despite their inability to pass protect.

But the Gators chose not to run them on Saturday, even when they only needed to gain two yards on 1st and Goal. Florida probably did not want to tip that it was running the ball by putting Brown or Jones in during most of the game, but in that situation, with Muschamp’s proclivity for running the football, what harm would have come from giving one of those two players three-straight touches (or running Driskel on a quarterback sneak instead of a shotgun run)?

“It was a result of Matt being out, but again, it’s not just about running the ball. It’s about protections and a lot of things going in to making those decisions,” Muschamp said.

The coach also explained his decision to kick the field goal rather than try for a touchdown for a fourth time.

“I did [consider going for it]. I just felt like being at home in that situation, get it to overtime. Being on the road, probably would’ve gone for it. I did think at the time about going for it on fourth down and going for the win, I just felt like going to overtime in that situation, not knowing how they were going to come back. They only had one timeout at that time and then they had burned it on the third down,” he said.

“I just felt like, in that situation, being at home, you kick the field goal, you get the tie, you go possibly to overtime or you have an opportunity to pin them back – which we did – and you get an opportunity to get the ball back – which we did. We had an opportunity and we didn’t get it done.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On Powell and his standout performance: “Brandon’s a guy that does a nice job of catching the ball out of the backfield, he does a nice job in protection, he does a nice job with all those things.”

» On redshirt senior WR Andre Debose, who contributed to all three Gators touchdown drives with a 62-yard return touchdown, 35-yard rush and 53-yard return to set up a score: “Andre Deobse was fantastic tonight in returning the ball. We did a nice job with blocking and making a difference in the game there. … He did a great job in the return game. There’s no question he’s an electric guy who can change the field position for us very quickly. He’s an electric guy with the ball in his hands and we need to get him more opportunities.”

» On freshman QB Treon Harris, who spent the game in the press box with Roper as to not be a distraction to his team: “It’s been a very taxing week, difficult week for him. I’m very proud of the way Treon and his mother and father and how they handled the situation. It’s very difficult situation for everyone involved. It’s a learning experience for all of us, certainly welcome him back Friday, and I know that he was happy to try to move forward. Everybody’s a victim in this situation, including Treon. This isn’t good for anyone. No one wins in this situation. I feel sorry for all of the parties involved because this has been a difficult time for him and his family and obviously everyone else involved in the situation.”

» On how taxing and emotional the week was for Florida: “I thought our guys played their butts off. We understand there’s always not going to be the perfect set of circumstances in life. It’s part of the deal. You got to manage your situation and move forward.”

35 Comments

  1. UFGATORFAN100 says:

    Kelvin Taylor 2 Rushed Adam Lane The Bowling Ball on the Sideline….. I was Yelling at TV at Gator Club of Miami Watch Party for Taylor OR Lane to get the Ball 1st and Goal at the 3 Yard Line….. Pathetic what”a the Point of Recruiting Players like Taylor and Lane but, you leave them on the Bench….CHUMP needs to go. Driskel throws into Double Coverage with 45 Seconds to go…..PATHETIC!!!! Throw it away OR throw.it Towards Sidelines….. His Typical 2 Interception Day

    PS LSU Freshman 140 Yards. Taylor given 2 Carries. NO LANE NO MACK BROWN Senior Pathetic Coaching…

    PS I always Rooted For and want more PT for Westbrook who I consider a better TE than Burton But, Yesterday HE disappointed Me. He makes a Ballet move last week to Catch the Harris Ball vs UT But, misses Wide Open Endzone TD

    PS In Conclusion, Angry, Frustration, Disbelief….. We have A CHUMP as a Coach and 4th Year Junior who plays like a Freshman with 7 INTs so far…. I”m Tired of COACH SPEAK talking about Taylor,Lane,and Brown. Coaches say they trust them but, they remain on Sideline with First and Goal at 3 Yard Line

  2. Fire Muschamp. Bring Spurrier home. Mediocrity solved.

  3. USA says:

    Sad thing is LSU beat us with all true freshman being their main contributors. Fournette, Dupree, Quinn, and Adams. Bad loss for the Gator Nation. I am still somber and stunned! How can Foley be in a good mood this morning. Very bad loss..

  4. Kaleb Wolfe says:

    Just don’t understand why this coaching staff doesn’t atleast have a goal-line package. What a waste of probably one the best run blocking fullbacks we’ve ever had in Senior Hunter Joyner. This staff is struggling to use the weapons it does have & use their strengths to our offensive advantage. I wonder if it’s just plain stubbornness?, or these guys are way in over their heads. Personally I fear it’s the latter……..

  5. Dave K says:

    Since when do we build our running game behind a QB? Tebow ain’t here anymore! Driskel had 20 carries!? How many carries did Kelvin Taylor have? How ’bout Mack Brown, Adam Lane!? I saw them standing on the sidelines with their helmets on…ready to go! I understand our top guy, Matt Jones is dinged…but we’ve got some real talent in Brown and Taylor! Driskel is NOT a running back (Nor, is he much of a QB!). I’m tired of the coaches constantly saying they want Driskel to RUN…to get his confidence back! How ’bout we have running backs RUN to get points on the board!!?? Come on, Mr Foley…it’s time for YOU to do your job!

  6. Bill says:

    Fire the chump!

  7. SW FL Joe says:

    Typical Muschamp coached game. Nothing new here. We all knew Jeff would find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Of course with LSU not wanting it Jeff had to have help so add one dropped TD and a busted coverage on 3rd and forever and the rest is history. Second week in a row Muschamp sent a stadium full of people home dissapointed. 4 more loses an Foley will have to fire him. Cmon Will, we know you can do it. Do you realize it has been almost a year since the Gators we ranked in the top 20? Happy anniversary Gator Nation!

  8. W2 says:

    I understand Coach playing Jeff he was his choice to lead the team, but to me it’s like he trying to force the fans into liking him. The dropped TD by Westbrook was awful but the over throws all night were too. And the worse play of the night 3rd and 25=TD that literally made me ill. I was a WM supporter but now all I can say is Wow. Then with all the guys that can run the ball at the goal line and not get it in one of their hands. It’s only a matter of time before guys start jumping ship. Bring Haurbuah from San Fransisco. Go Gators

  9. USA says:

    Driskel actually played a decent game yesterday. Poor coaching on that 3rd and 25 conversion. We should have had two safties back deep or at least been in some type of zone defense, that way no one could get behind us. Bad loss guys. Very bad loss.. I hate it for the players at UF. You can tell they are trying but are suffering from lack of coaching. Tough to move forward after this one..

  10. Wildcat says:

    Debose needs to get more involved in the offense. We need to get him involved in as many plays as possible every game from here on out. He is the one offensive player that we have that is a game changer! Even if he’s not getting the ball in our offense he could still boost it because the defense will have to account for him everywhere he’s lined up, which will create more chances for the other offense guys to make plays.

  11. Kaput says:

    Please, for the love of everything, fire the numbskull soon!

    I can’t take it any more.

  12. ntcrze says:

    Debose is great kick and punt returner. He also made a great play on a jet sweep. maybe he should be given more of an opportunity on offense. But, he has sucked at his position, wide receiver. It’s not reasonable to expect him to become a good player in his sixth year when he’s sucked his entire career. I think he entered this season with less than 30 receptions for his entire career. I don’t know if he has even caught one pass this year. I know everyone is desperate to see someone, anyone be a good offensive player, but it’s a little too late for that. The latest shining knight is Treon Harris, but UF’s problems are much deeper than any individual player. It’s a systemic problem, and I’m not talking about the type of offense run. UF has sucked on offense for years, but now the defense isn’t good enough, like it was in 2012, to cover up it’s ineptitude. Driskel only threw for 61 yards against LSU in 2012, but UF won. Until the entire staff is gone, the mediocrity will continue. UF is becoming Teennessee after Fulmer was fired. Let’s just hope the next coach is a good choice, not another Derek Dooley.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Which Debose are you talking about? The one that torched Alabama’s NFL secondary a few years back on about an 80 yard touchdown pass from Brantley at the Swamp?

      He doesn’t get enough reps at WR for any of us to know whether he “sucks” at WR or not. But my guess is that he doesn’t. He’s another guy we’re probably going to see in the NFL and then complain that he didn’t try hard enough at Gainesville. . when the reality is that the coaching staff didn’t use him to his fullest potential.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        A couple of those years were injury so toss them out, but there was always the coaching complaint about “he just can’t learn the system”. Well, maybe if he got some reps he could. I don’t know why everyone thinks that Jones missing would have turned the game around yesterday. Yes, Driskel running the ball more is great, but 20 runs? Aside from Matt jones, with have 3 great running backs available, no excuses like he used when “well, Rainey is hurt, Brown is hurt, demps is hurt, so we can’t run”. And virtually the only run they do try is up the middle. SEC defenses are big and strong, you aren’t going to break a ton up the middle without working the edges, and we have the speed to do that if we utilize it. And hate Driskel throwing deep? How about some of those swing passes to fullback like LSU ran last night (yea, he tried a couple and rocketed out of bounds, but very under utilized). Did we even try a single screen? I don’t recall any. The goal was supposed to be get our playmakers in space to have them get the yards, stretch the field that way rather than 40 yd passes (although they need to be mixed in as well, you actually have to hit them more often to keep the defense honest). I believe Powell, Debose, Robinson, Taylor can all be great playmakers, they have shown flashes of it, yet we don’t consistently get it to any of them.

  13. Gator John says:

    I’m not sure which is worse…watching the loss last night or coming here and reading these comments. It’s either “fire Muschamp” or “bench Driskel”. I’m sure once they fire the coaching staff you all will have your resumes ready to get the job since you all know so much more about coaching.

    If you want to blame someone for the losses, let’s blame the receivers. All of them. With all the dropped passes, including one which would have won the game last night, surely they deserve some blame. 3 of. Driskels interceptions have been off tipped balls that should have been caught..but yet the QB is at fault. Or..how about we blame Brian Poole…he gets beat on almost every play and it either ends up a big play or he has to commit PI to make up for it.

    Please remember..this is LSU. Regardless of how they played last week, the are STILL LSU..and have all kinds of talent. And while the loss stings, it’s not like it was Ga Southern.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Then, under your logic, does that mean that you’re going to be trying out for wide receiver next week? Because you “know so much more about being a wide receiver?”

      I get so sick and tired of guys claiming that you can’t criticize a coach or athletic director unless you’ve submitted a resume for the position. As long as they’re charging us to get into the stadium, then we can express our opinions without having won SEC championships as head coaches. Geez, man. Get over it already.

      This is a COMMENT board. That’s what we do, lol.

    • Michael Jones says:

      The same LSU that got smoked by Auburn?

      And we’re the Gators!!! The Mighty Gators don’t bow down to anybody. . not LSU, not UGA, not Bama. . nobody.

    • CFg8r says:

      driskell is easily the worst qb the gators have had since the 80s.

      Did the receivers drop catchable balls? Yes. But this tide against driskell isn’t in reaction to just last night. it’s an ongoing thing. he can’t drive down the field and win it. Also, he has two throws: fastball with every inch of strength he has, and chuck it up as far as possible.

      • Gator John says:

        Hmmm..I think I’d take Driskel over Brantley, since JD gives the added dimension of running the ball. But..we also have the worst group of wide receivers since the 80s as well. And the defense..well, the secondary hasn’t shown they can cover anyone, so …across the board, we are not very good.

      • Steven says:

        I’ve was off the Driskel bandwagon even when we went 11-2, but he is still much better than John Brantley.

        John Brantley took National Championship caliber teams and went 7-5.
        Also he is better than Morningwhig, but I feel that he should count.

        So the 2nd worst QB since the 80s

    • Michael Jones says:

      One last thing. . I agree with you. There’s a lot more wrong with our Gators than just Jeff Driskel. Jeff could stop making some of the same mistakes, but he probably gets too much of the blame.

      • Gator John says:

        No Michael, I have no plans to try out for wide receiver. I think you missed my point. For a long time people have come on here and bashed. Muschamp. But en the ball hits a receiver in the hands and he drops it (by my count there have been 23 so far this season) when it shoild have been caught…that’s not coaching. That’s on the receiver. But very little is said about that. It’s always either Driskel or Muschamp. Player development is one thing..but dropping a catchable ball…that’s quite another. But I see in the end you agree with me…there is so much more wrong than coaching or QB play. Perhaps a coaching change is the answer..but if so, who does Foley get? I’m sorry but Mullen isn’t leaving MSU. He has too much upside there. What other established big name will come save the day? I don’t know the answer.

        And my comment about LSU is just to remind everyone that they are still a top notch program. To me, the loss hurt, but it wasn’t embarrassing. But then again, I am trying to be more realistic in my expectations than most. Of we had own, would we be telling everyone how we beat a good young LSU team? Probably. It’s the nature of fandom.

        • Ken (CA) says:

          Not sure why you feel the loss wasn’t embarrassing. 17-7 lead squandered by another hapless (so many synonyms I can keep coming up for “inept”) offensive performance. 1st and goal from the 2, which, understandably isn’t always made, but most teams don’t try to punch it in with the QB or a freshman from the shotgun from that from that far out only to turn around and throw the obvious 3rd down pass. LSU was what 0-18 on 3rd down prior to the game and then were 50% or so on 3rd down this game including most of them 3-5 or longer? That is pretty pathetic.

          LSU is a young team with virtually no passing game and their freshman running back had been stopped by every other team they faced. So what do we do? let them run wild against us. LSU had the worst rushing defense in the conference and close to the worst in the country so what do we do? Not use our running backs at all, don’t try to develop any rhythm.

          I would call all of that pretty embarrassing.

      • Steven says:

        That is my biggest problem with Muschamp.
        If Driskel was the only issue that is one thing.
        He has destroyed the talent on this team.

        Under Zook we had talent, but were just missing coaching(also missing some good luck).
        Under Muschamp we have no talent and no coaching. It’s a train wreck.

        We won’t be winning a national title 2 years after Muschamp is gone.
        He has wrecked this program for the long term

  14. EXITJIM@GOG8RS says:

    We owe Ron Zook an apology. He was much better at game coaching and preparation than Muschump. Why did Foley go down this road in the first place? Fire Foley too!

  15. gatorboi352 says:

    Call me crazy but, I truly believe we’re a quarterback change away from representing the East.

    Check this out: UK is the only team ahead of us, and they still have Miss ST on the schedule, among others. Georgia has no Todd Hurley, and Mizzou looks like garbage. Also, Georgia still has to go to Auburn.

    Granted, all of this is moot if Muschamp doesn’t make the change. I think he will be forced to though, 3 turnover performance from Jeff in his best game played in 2 years. And we lost. Makes it easier to change.

    • Michael Jones says:

      CRAZY!! ha ha. . nah, just kidding. I hope you’re right, Gatorboi. I would love for Muschamp to prove me wrong about him. Whatever’s best for the Gators, man, that’s what I’m for.

      Go Gators!!!

  16. Razzlegator says:

    Play Treon and save the season? Play Driskel and get the Chump dumped? I’m listening #GatorNation

  17. Gator4Life says:

    Lets face it Gator fans. Muschamp has shown us time after time that he’s going to do it his way or no way at all. The man has killed 3 offensive coordinators playbooks. He has stuck by Driskel since day one no matter what he does on the field. The fact that some fans are saying Jeff had a decent game furthermore lets me know the direction we are headed as a program. Smh… Driskel has been draining the Swamp dry since he step foot on campus with his play. Don’t let the record as a starter fool you. Defense been saving him for years now. Until Muschamp is gone (hopefully he takes Driskel with him) Gator Nation will never see glimpses of the old Florida. Even the Zookster didn’t stink it up like this!

  18. G8trATL says:

    Hey Adam,
    I’m sure you covered this when it happened, but I’d be curious to know your thoughts in regards to how much this season thus far with the issues the Receivers are having (and maybe other area’s on offense) maybe a direct impact to the Joker Phillips “incident”? Please folks I’m not defending Muschamp but I can’t help but think that a coach on the level Phillips has had a lasting negative impact on his sudden “resignation” given the timing. Guess I’m just reaching at this point to find answers?

    • Some, not all. I think they would’ve benefited from having a better position coach, but none of these guys (except Worton) are freshman and they all got at least a full year of Phillips last year in terms of fundamentals and approach to catching the ball. And as inexperienced as Leak might be, Roper is a veteran offensive coordinator and knows how to teach catching technique (as does Brian White).

  19. BillyBob says:

    Our wrs have been horrible since Muschamp got here. He has not recruited that position well. His main focus has been on recruiting defensive players and offensive lineman. In addition to that, our wrs haven’t been developed, which is a result of poor coaching. Dunbar is the same player that he was when he was a freshman. He hasn’t gotten produced and is a 4-year starter, which is unbelievable. And its not on the players, it is the system that Muschamp has in place. Frankie Hammond and Solomon Patton are both producing in the NFL right now. They should have dominated at UF but did not because of Muschamp’s system. He should not retain his position as head coach unless he wins the SEC/compete in the championship game. Winning the East in my opinion is not enough to bring him back. Dan Mullen would love to come to UF and coach. He’d have all the resources he needs and definitely will have a better chances at landing top flight recruits than at MSU. UF is a dream job if you know how to coach and recruit. Its not rocket science to win games at UF. Muschamp is a good man, runs a clean program, but he is not a good head coach. After this year I can see him being the next defensive coordinator at South Carolina of Texas A&M. Go Gators

  20. if u ain't a Gator says:

    RichRod

  21. Michael J. says:

    It’s amazing that anyone defends Driskel. His last throw is the reason Pittman got hurt. When I contrast that throw to the guy in Tallahassee, it’s startling. Winston throws his guys open and doesn’t get them hurt. Rashad Greene explained it very well after the Oklahoma State game. He says he knows what is happening on the field by where Winston throws him the ball. If Winston leads him, he’s confident that no one is waiting to blow him up. If Winston throws to the center of his body, he knows to sit down there. Winston also throws to his trailing shoulder to spin him around, which is what he did on the clinching touchdown against Oklahoma State when Greene was surrounded. Don’t hand me this nonsense about Driskel, I know better.

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