The Florida Gators defeated Tennessee by a 38-14 final score, but it was far from a perfect game.
Here are some of my biggest takeaways from the Gators’ win:
Emory Jones look comfortable as QB1.
After weeks of hearing about how much better Anthony Richardson is for this offense from fans on social media, Jones appears to have settled in as QB1. Jones went 21-27 for 209 yards and two scores. More importantly, Jones didn’t turn the ball over. Jones also rushed for 144 yards on 15 carries and managed to extend plays when the protection broke down. Jones became the first QB to throw for 200 and run for 100 yards in one game since Tim Tebow in 2009. All in all, it was a really solid outing by Florida’s quarterback.
Florida’s rushing attack can’t be stopped.
The Gators once again rank No. 1 in the nation in rushing after compiling 283 yards on the ground against the Vols. Dameon Pierce and Nay’Quan Wright barreled over and through defenders on the way to 94 yards on 15 carries (combined) while Malik Davis added 45 yards and a score. Tennessee entered with the SEC’s number one run defense, but Florida made it look all too easy against the Vols.
Tackling still an issue.
Florida experienced way too many missed tackles on the defensive side of the ball. This has been a recurring issue for years now, but didn’t seem to get any better this weekend against Tennessee. In addition to missed tackles, the Gators had several busted coverages as well, including, Tennessee’s 78-yard score in the first quarter. These issues didn’t bite Florida this game, but against a team equal or better than Florida, it could be the difference in a win or a loss.
Gators have their kicker?
Last week, Florida lost to Alabama and a missed extra point played a major role in the result. This week, transfer Jace Christmann handled all of the kicking duties (FG, XP, KOs) in place of Chris Howard, who appeared to win the job out of fall camp.
What were some of your biggest takeaways from Florida’s 38-14 win over Tennessee?