Florida rushed for 215 yards against a strong LSU defensive front last Saturday, which would be considered quite an accomplishment by most.
But offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy obviously is not that impressed. When asked to assess the line’s run-blocking in the game, he called it “average.”
“We have to be able to run the ball downhill more than we do,” Hevesy said. “We’ve got to be able to move people off the ball and knock people back more than we did.
“LSU is good up front, big up front, but, to me our pads have to be low and we have to be able to knock people off the ball to run inside zone better than we do. We got great runs on the perimeter, we have to help ourselves inside to open up more of that outside game.”
Tar Heels to Gators
Two years ago, Kyree Campbell and Marlon Dunlap were all set to become defensive line teammates at the University of North Carolina. That never happened. They ended up being d-line teammates at UF, instead.
Campbell, from Woodbridge, Va., committed to UNC, but never made it to the school due to an academic issue that led him to enroll at a prep school. Dunlap signed with the Tar Heels and played a year there.
“Coming out of high school, UNC rescinded my offer because of my grades coming out of high school,” Campbell said. “So I had to go to prep school. The only offers I had coming out of prep school were here, Alabama, Penn State, Pittsburgh and there was a few other ones. I came down here for a visit and just fell in love with it, so I committed on the spot.”
Shortly after Campbell signed with Florida, Dunlap decided he wanted to transfer out of UNC. He picked Campbell’s school — Florida.
“Me and him were supposed to go there (UNC) at the same time, but it didn’t happen,” Campbell said. “I was here first, and he transferred here. I was actually his host (on his official visit). That’s my dog. Marlon’s my dog.
“He’s doing pretty good, he’s fast off the ball. Coach loves him.”
Campbell has become the starter at nose tackle, while Dunlap is seeing playing time at tackle coming off the bench. The two haven’t been on the field at the same time yet, Campbell said.
“I don’t think so, but I’m hoping we’ll get there soon,” he said.
Redshirt sophomore C.J. McWilliams got this first career start against LSU, getting the nod at cornerback over true freshman Trey Dean III, who had started the previous three games.
McWilliams earned the start in practice last week. Both players saw extensive playing time against the Tigers.
“It’s just preparation, practice,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We’re going to play guys relative to how they perform in practice and how they’re doing. It’ll be the same this week. You earn your reps through practice, so we’ll continue to do that.”
Massey full-time DB
Senior slot receiver Dre Massey apparently is now a full-time cornerback. He made the move to defense after starting cornerback Marco Wilson went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Kentucky game.
Massey is no longer listed on the offensive depth chart. He’s third on the defensive depth chart at the one corner spot, behind Dean and McWilliams.
Starting cornerback CJ Henderson said Massey has the ability to help out in the secondary.
“He’s very good with the ball in the air,” Henderson said. “That’s very good for any DB. That’s what helps him out a lot.”