Dooley grades: Solid UF win


Florida Gators wide receiver Solomon Patton (83) scores a touchdown on a pass against Tennessee during the first half in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.

Offense B-

First half: The injury to Jeff Driskel forced Florida to be limited, but it still managed to put 17 points on the board with Tyler Murphy at quarterback.

Second half: Florida got its running game cranked up, and Murphy made some phenomenal plays with his feet as Florida scored a pair of touchdowns.

For the game: To lose your starting quarterback in the first quarter and have all the disasters that happened and still play well enough to win was impressive.

Defense A-

First half: The defense, helped by Tennessee’s inexperience at quarterback, not only limited the Vols to 31 yards but came up with four turnovers.

Second half: The secondary was crippled with two injuries and a suspension for targeting, and it showed at times in the fourth quarter.

For the game: The defense kept Florida in the game when the offense was not only floundering but helping Tennessee out.

Special teams B-

First half: Kyle Christy’s lone punt was a line drive. He would have had two punts, but he dropped the snap on one, which is inexcusable. Austin Hardin made all of his kicks and was booming his kickoffs.

Second half: Hardin could have put the game away with a field goal but missed. Florida’s coverage teams were excellent, and Solomon Patton had a 38-yard kickoff return.

For the game: Hardin and Christy hurt Florida with their two mistakes, but the rest of the special teams were solid.

Overall B

With all of the players who were out before the game started and then with the ones who left, it was a win that Florida fans should be proud of.

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