UF o-line shows improvement
Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:11 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s offensive linemen, though not perfect, made strides in Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Georgia.
The Gators finished with more points, passing yards (174) and rushing yards (177) than they had in the previous two games, and much of that was due to the improved play up front.
“I think they played their best game,” said running back Mack Brown, whose 4.6 yards per carry average against UGA were a season-high for him.
“They did real good today. They just executed more — that was the main thing.”
UF coach Will Muschamp said during the week that his offensive coaches changed some of the blocking schemes to make assignments easier for the linemen. He feels like the adjustments helped.
“I think we just played better,” Muschamp said. “Obviously we worked on base fundamentals, we reduced some things in protection and we tried to simply some things for those guys.
“I thought we blocked well. I thought we got a hat on a hat. I thought we got good movement.”
Muschamp also thought tackles Trenton Brown and Tyler Moore performed well in their new spots. He plans to move forward with them in the starting lineup.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy was sacked four times by Georgia, but Muschamp said the offensive line wasn’t overwhelmed in the game.
“One sack on a seven-man protection on the tight end,” he said. “A couple were scramble situations, but we had time to throw the ball. There was nothing where we felt like on the sideline we were struggling to handle.”
Murphy said he had more time to pass against the Bulldogs than he did at Missouri and LSU.
“We had a bye week, so we really looked at the film and tried to figure out what they were going to do to us. So they did a good job protecting and picking up certain blitzes,” Murphy said.
“They definitely stepped up today. They took it upon themselves to do better. They did a good job, and they gave me a lot of time in the pocket.”