Georgia overruns UF's OL
Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE — For the second straight year, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones had his own personal Cocktail Party at the expense of the Gators.
And there was little that Florida could do to stop the 6-foot-3, 243-pound Jones during Saturday's 17-9 loss to the rival Bulldogs.
Jones spent most of the afternoon in Florida's backfield. He finished with three sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
“He's a very active guy,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “They do a good job moving him around. I felt when we went to some more conventional things in the second half, we held him under control.”
Florida struggled in pass protection for most of the afternoon. Georgia overwhelmed Florida with some early blitzes, including a corner blitz from Damian Swann which led to a Jeff Driskel fumble. Georgia finished the game with five sacks and three more quarterback hurries.
“It was just communication, identifying fronts,” Florida offensive lineman Jon Halapio said. “It was difficult.”
Said Muschamp: “They create one-on-ones and they won some one-on-ones in protection.”
Georgia's defense was motivated for most of the week after senior safety Shawn Williams called his teammates out for being “soft” this season. The Bulldogs were coming off a poor defensive performance, giving up 24 points and 202 yards rushing against Kentucky.
But the Bulldogs also played the Kentucky game without Jones, who has been dealing with nagging ankle and groin injuries this season. Jones returned in time to wreak havoc on the Gators again. In two games against Florida, Jones has combined for 18 tackles, seven sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and, two fumble recoveries.
“Come April, there will be a bunch of their defensive players in the (NFL) draft,” Muschamp said. “They've got some really good players on the defensive side of the ball. We had a hard time blocking them in some situations, especially with the movement inside. They've got some bigger guys inside who are hard to move and they did a good job.”
In eight games this season, Florida has given up 26 sacks. But Muschamp refused to blame the sacks solely on the offensive line.
“We struggled to run the ball and we struggled to protect at times, but again, a lot of those you can't put on the offensive line,” Muschamp said. “You've got to look at some things as far as (running) routes and taking the ball to certain places, getting rid of the ball. There's a lot of things that go into the passing game and it's not all on the offensive line.”