Good start for freshman d-linemen

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With everyone writing (and talking about) how bad the Florida offense was in the opener, some of the positive things that happened on the other side of the ball have been somewhat overlooked. Like the play of the three true freshman defensive linemen — end Ronald Powell and tackles Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley.

Defensive line coach Dan McCarney said Wednesday that all three did some good things Saturday, especially Floyd and Powell.

“Powell and Floyd were the best of the (young) guys that played,” McCarney said. “Sharrif really graded out almost 90 percent. He did a really good job. There didn’t appear to be a lot of drop-off when he went into the game, and he backed up the guy that was the SEC defensive lineman of the week (Jaye Howard).

“I was really proud of all the young guys getting a chance to get out there and play for the first time. I thought the effort was real good.”

The young guys should see more playing time Saturday — and throughout the season. McCarney played 13 players on the defensive line against Miami (Ohio) and he plans to keep rotating players in and out for the rest of the season to keep everyone fresh.

“As you probably saw last week, I don’t wait very long before I start rolling and rotating and getting guys in there,” McCarney said. “It will be the same thing this week. I’ve got a lot of faith and trust in a lot of guys, and they’ve earned it. I’m going to keep playing a lot of guys.”

The defensive line could receive a boost this week with the possible return of senior tackle Terron Sanders (sprained knee), who is back at practice this week. Plus, senior tackles Brandon Antwine (knee) and Lawrence Marsh (hamstring) should be available for more playing time this week than last. Marsh played 18 plays against Miami, while Antwine played only 12.

“That’s about what I expected, what I planned for,” McCarney said.

12 COMMENTS

  1. For a “D” line that graded out so well, there was not a lot of pressure on the Miami QB throughout the game, and they threw the ball a lot. I think there were only 2 sacks, both by Howard. I know the offensive ineptitude created a lot of possessions for Miami, but it seemed that they ran a lot of plays and gained a lot of yards against this defense. Hope we see improvement here as the season progresses.

  2. Floyd stood out to me big time…next to my boy OMAR HHHUUUNNNTTTERRR. I know he’s not the d-line but Elam is going to be a stud too. With the situations they were put in Saturday, the d-line, to me, played really well. The D played alot of minutes and still stood strong. The best is, Floyd, Easley, Powell are only FRESHMEN! A really good defensive ‘opener’ game if you ask me.

  3. A lot of yards? What game were you watching, Carolina Gator? The defense gave up a total of 4 rushing yards on 22 carries (only 0.2 yds per carry) and 208 passing yards on 46 pass attempts (only 4.5 yds per pass attempt). I’ll take those numbers any day.

  4. Didn’t get a lot of pressure on the QB?
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    Carolina, are you one of those guys who thinks the DLine should be sacking the QB on a 1 step drop? C’min. On half the passes the line was barely out of the stance when the ball was thrown.
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    This is a GOOD thing.
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    When an offense can’t take more than a three step drop because of the pressure, 2/3 of the passing game is removed from the playbook. The secondary can be very aggressive in coverage, jumping routes, etc.
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    How else do you think we were able to get those interceptions?

  5. I agree that considering the defense had to play a lot of minutes, they looked real good against a team that didn’t have a great season last year. It’s hard to evaluate the D-line off of one game. This weeks game will tell us a lot about our team and especially our defense. USF does have speed on the field – perhaps not team speed, but players with speed including a QB that is mobile and has an arm. I’m hoping our “D” is able to create multiple 3 and outs and hold them to low rushing yards. Go Gators!

  6. You can throw all stats previously acquired out the door. The Redhawks put up a good fight, but are a pitiful opponent. Lets see what the mighty Gators do to USF and then we can analyze more accurately. I am a huge Gator fan living in west Georgia, and coworkers are licking their lips at how the Gators played against Ohio. I hope they come out and whip some USF booty Saturday and silence the haters and make them feel like they have been for the last 4 years. Go GATORS!!!!!

  7. The D-Line is not as good as they should be!They should be the best D-Line in the country! We still have to play The Tide down there and we keep droping in the poles! This team has not played up to Gators standards!

  8. The coaches must put the best players on the field and run plays for them!(A.debose must get the ball more, W. Hill must play we pay him to play not to sit, I personally do care about his grades, it football time now!Mack Brown must get the ball more,WHAT ARE THE COACHES SAVING THEM FOR!)PUT THE STARS TO WORK!

  9. SOUTH FLORIDA HAD A 96 YARD DRIVE AND HAD THE BALL OVER 10 MINS
    D GET OFF THE FIELD! ALL THAT TALK AT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, IT TIME TO PLAY NOW, NO TALK PLAY! I DID NOT HERE POWELL NAME. THE ONLY ONE SO FAR THAT HAS SHOW UP IS FLOYD!