Wins and Loses for Florida Gators Week 2. The Florida Gators came out last Saturday night and completely owned the Kentucky Wildcats, at the Swamp, as they won 45-7. After a bad win versus UMASS in week 1, the Gators made their adjustments and looked much better Vs the Wildcats. Redshirt-sophomore QB, Luke Del Rio, had a great game throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns. The running game was phenomenal as they rushed for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freshman RB, Lamical Perine, carried the load by rushing 17 times for 105 yards. Mark Thompson and Jordan each rushed for a touchdown.
Antonio Callaway led the way with the receivers. Callaway had 5 receptions for 129 yards and a score. Brandon Powell played well as he had 4 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. Freshman WR, Freddie Swain, had only one catch but that catch was first collegiate touchdown. The Gators defense played like the best defense in the country. Kentucky had 149 total yards and 55 of those yards were through the air. Kentucky QB, Drew Barker, had more interceptions (3) than completions (2). Drew Barker’s QB Rating was a 0.2. This is not a typo. Drew Barker who threw for 323 yards in week 1 vs. Southern Mississippi only threw for 10 YARDS in the game.
Win #1- Offensive line makes necessary improvements
The Gators’ offensive line in week 1 versus UMASS was absolutely atrocious. Luke Del Rio was only sacked once but, that was because Luke Del Rio would not let himself get sacked. Starting RT, Fred Johnson, went down with an ankle injury early in the game and was replaced by true freshman, Jawaan Taylor. Jawaan Taylor looked very impressive. The O-line looked better with Jawaan Taylor at RT and Mike Summers, Florida’s O-line coach, is considering to start Jawaan Taylor next week versus North Texas. Luke Del Rio was not sacked vs. Kentucky had plenty of time for explosive plays.
Win #2- Luke Del Rio continues to get better
Luke Del Rio had a great first SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats. He completed 19 out of 32 for 320 yards and four touchdowns. Luke Del Rio did throw an interception in the game but, it does not seem like it was his fault. Del Rio was also a little more aggressive than usual knowing that he was playing a bad Kentucky defense. Expect to see that happen again on Saturday versus The North Texas Mean Green.
Win #3- Defense continues to perform at a high level
The Florida Gators’ defense played great versus the Kentucky Wildcats’ supposedly “potent” offense. Going into this game, they were “experts” from Kentucky that said Florida was going to have some issues against the Wildcats’ wide receivers. That did not materialize for the Wildcats. With cornerbacks like Jalen “Teez” Tabor and Quincy Wilson, who are you going to challenge? Kentucky’s passing offense was inexistent vs. Florida’s defensive backs as they had 55 passing yards and 3 interceptions. Drew Barker looked overmatched as the Gators defense showed them just how good they can be. The Gators also had five sacks in the game and put pressure on Barker all day. This Gator defense has the opportunity to be truly special and be one of the top defenses in the country.
Win #4- All of the running backs looked strong
After Jordan Scarlett played well in week 1 versus UMASS, all of the running backs got better especially Lamical Perine. Jordan Scarlett had the hot hand week 1 but, it was the freshman, Lamical Perine, who had the hot hand in week 2. Not taking anything away from the other Gators’ running backs but, he is the youngest one of the group but, did not play like a freshman. Coach Jim McElwain has high expectations on Lamical Perine and Perine showed why Coach Mac thinks highly of him. If all of these backs continue to play well, does Florida even name a starting RB or plays them all equally until somebody gets hot?
Loss #1- Eddy Pineiro is human after all
After going 3 for 3 in his field goals in his first collegiate game. Eddy struggled versus Kentucky going 1 for 3 on his field goal attempts. The one FG he did make was a 54 yarder. He did make all of his extra points, but needs to be more consistent on field goal attempts. Coach Mac commented on Eddy’s rough game. “It was actually good, believe it or not, for Eddy. McElwain said. “He was trying to see how far he could kick the ball on the ‘Good Hands People’ net or whatever it is that comes down instead of swinging his leg.” Do not push the panic button on Eddy Pineiro. He is a very talented kicker, that has a lot of confidence in himself and so do his teammates.
Florida will try to stay hot as they take on the North Texas Mean Green. Even though, this should be a blowout, the Gators must focus on taking care of business versus North Texas and not think about Tennessee until after they play North Texas. The Florida Gators will play the North Texas Mean Green at the Swamp on ESPNU at 7:30pm. Go Gators!