Dooley grades: It's a start


Florida Gators fullback Gideon Ajagbe (25) runs for a touchdown against the Toledo Rockets during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday August 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Toledo 24-6. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.

OFFENSE C+

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Florida Gators fullback Gideon Ajagbe (25) runs for a touchdown against the Toledo Rockets during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday August 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Toledo 24-6. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

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First half: Mack Brown had a great half and Jeff Driskel completed 10 of his 11 passing attempts. The only incompletion was a pass caught out of the back of the end zone.

Second half: Florida’s second-half start was as bad as their first-half start was good. Will Muschamp said he was “disappointed” in the offense after halftime.

For the game: Florida didn’t show a lot because it didn’t want to put the defense in a bad situation. This was a game where the Gators did only what was necessary.

DEFENSE A-

First half: Florida’s revamped defense may have been missing two starters due to suspension, but the Gators came out with a lot of energy and limited Toledo to 101 total yards.

Second half: Toledo hit some plays, but the interception by Vernon Hargreaves III was big and they only allowed three second-half points.

For the game: Considering two starters were out and UF lost so much from last year, that was a stout showing by this young defense against a good offensive team.

SPECIAL TEAMS B

First half: Austin Hardin made his first field goal attempt, which was good to see. Marcus Roberson had a couple of nice punt returns.

Second half: Roberson looks like he may be a big-time punt returner this year. The badly missed field goal by Hardin was not a good sign.

For the game: Roberson finished with 72 punt return yards and Solomon Patton had a 31-yard kickoff return. The only real blemish was the missed field goal.

OVERALL B

The Gators extended their streak of opening-day wins to 24 with a performance that was not overwhelming but efficient. Next week it starts to get interesting.

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