Dooley grades: Real special teams

Florida Gators defensive lineman Earl Okine blocks a field goal attempt by Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Dudley Field on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. Florida defeated Vanderbilt 31-17. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:58 p.m.

Offense C

First half: Gators struggled to get started, but Jeff Driskel's 92 yards of rushing helped Florida to 144 rushing yards.

Second half: Florida was never able to establish the passing game and the conservative play calls in the red zone made it tough to score.

For the game: Driskel's runs really were the reason Florida was able to pull this game out.

Defense C-

First half: There were some shaky plays in the secondary, but the Gators limited the Commodores to 94 total yards.

Second half: Florida was gashed on Vandy's first drive and struggled to slow down the Commodores in the second half.

For the game: While the defense made some big plays, this was probably the worst defensive effort of the season. Some of it can be attributed to all of the injuries.

Special teams A+

First half: Good coverage on the one kickoff that was returned, but Florida gave up an 11-yard return on a punt, which tied for the longest this season.

Second half: The special teams have been kind of quiet this year, but the blocked field goal and fake punt were huge for the Gators.

For the game: And then there was the kickoff return by Andre Debose. And the two-point conversion. Special teams were indeed special.

Overall B

The Gators got the win, even if there were some anxious moments. It will be interesting to see where they go from here with injury issues.

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