New defense designed to stem Tide?

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The Gators revealed a new defensive look at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, playing five defensive linemen at the same time to put more size and strength on the field to defend the Vols’ power running game.

Starting tackle Jaye Howard moved to end and end Duke Lemmens assumed a hybrid role of end/linebacker. The scheme worked. The Gators shut down the UT running game, holding the Vols to 29 yards on 23 carries.

“We played a Big Unit, we call it,” UF coach Urban Meyer said at his weekly news conference Monday. “We had Jaye Howard at (end) and Duke Lemmens and Ronald Powell (sharing playing time) at SAM (strong side linebacker). We’ve been working on that quite a bit to get 300 pounds up front across the defensive line. We were very successful in that area.”

Howard mentioned way back early in preseason camp that he would be playing some defensive end, and that’s where he’d definitely will be lining up against Alabama.

Remember after last year’s SEC Championship Game, how the Alabama defensive players said they had been working on the Florida spread offense throughout the offseason and preseason? Well, it looks like the Gators may have done the same thing with Alabama’s power running game. After getting gutted up front by the Tide in last year’s conference title game,UF has come up with a new scheme designed to be bigger and stronger against the run.

We saw Big Unit for the first time Saturday in Knoxville. There’s no doubt we’re going to see it again in Tuscaloosa in two weeks.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Geez, maybe we’ll only lose by 20 instead of 30. If our offense doesnt improve its going to get ugly fast. We need new schemes on offense. We have 3 plays. The end around to demps/ the hb dive to demps/ and the slant to thompson. At least we didnt run the te option this weekend.

  2. Gatormiami: I share your pain. If this D scheme can keep the Tide offense off the field, we have a better chance. You know the old saying, Ingraham can’t score if he is sitting on the bench after a 3 and out. But you have hit the core issue: can we score enough to stay close to the Tide at home? If we sputter around in the first quarter, we may very well be doomed to being 7-14 points behind with no real chance of catching up. Let’s hope our Big Unit can stop the run, pressure the Tide QB, and get some dang turnovers!

  3. It would be acceptable if we were just dropping passes or totally missing blocking assignments, but that’s not the case. Our offense can’t move the ball due to a lack of creativity and scheme. One play has to set up another. During the UT game on countless times there was an oppurtunity for play action,but never seen it. Lots of our formations are predictable especially if you only use them to run the same plays. Hopefully we can be a little more schematic w/ play calling and take shots down the field off of play action or else we won’t get past Kentucky. I can tell what we’re going to do and the game is four days away. Goodbye Addazio

  4. Amen boys! Anybody that ever watched the Utah spread offense that Meyer had and went undefeated with, has got to wonder what happened to this team. The play calling is way too conservative for the caliber of players we have and the SEC. I don’t ever want to see a 2 yard dive into the line again, unless it’s 3rd and 1, especially with the 190 lb. Demps. Love Addazio, hate the play calling.

  5. It’s great we’re looking at a defense that’s geared to stop a power running offense like AL.

    If the defense is looking that far out, you gotta believe the offense is too.

    My perception of AL is they are playing about as well as they are going to offensively and pretty close to potential defensively. On the other hand it looks to me like we’re running at about 50-60% of potential offensively and around 80% defensively. Lots of room for us to improve.

    I see us a just as big as AL, but overall at least a step faster. We have to exploit that.

    Remember it’s who wins in December that matters.

  6. It is great we are yackin it up about Bama… a huge game… but I think we need to focus on KY. Streaks don’t last forever. If we can shut them down,,, and get our offense cranking for a change… then we can discuss Bama.

    Don’t overlook Kentucky.

  7. Another consideration in the vein of these last few comments: remember Bama’s final divisional game last year…the game before the UF game. Focused so much on what they’d worked for all season (a UF rematch), they almost squandered its value before they shook the cobwebs off and beat an overmatched Auburn team late.

    One at a time, folks. The Bama game will take care of itself. We’ll have a whole week to speculate and I’ll be there to cheer us on.

  8. 5 Bigs don’t do a whole lot of good when Lemmens is dropping back in to coverage with that formation! He is a liability in pass coverage. Alabama will take advantage of that with play action. Bostic appears to be the better run stopper, and Je. Jenkins is fast enough to drop back. We heard how good our linebackers were, so let’s play them. Hicks, Jones, Jenkins, and Bostic. Any of those have to be better than Lemmens at dropping off the line. Now if it’s a 3-4 or even 4-3 defense and you drop him every now and then to cause confusion, okay, but not with five linemen. Tennessee wasn’t capable of taking advantage of that, AL will be.
    I’d also like to see more passes caught on the run, and let’s utilize the fastest team in the country to blow past a cornerback every now and then.

  9. Seems one way to slow Ingrahn would be to hit him low. Remember that’s what happened to Tebow. No one is going to stop him, but hitting him and other BIG FAST running backs low certainlly would cut their total yardage to a manageable amount.

  10. I was surprised to read we used a 5-man front as I didn’t realize it during the game. Last time I remember us using a 5-man front, Tennessee gashed us for 200+ rushing yards and ruined our 2001 season. Only time will tell…

  11. Patience Gator Nation, just be patient. Our team will mature as the season progresses. I have a lot of confidence in John Brantley. He is humble and physically gifted. That’s a powerful combination to win in life. This team is learning fast. I have been saying it all along, “It is time to grow and start playing football like grown man”. The rest will take care of itself. Let’s figure Kentucky out first. Last three years is at the Kentucky game when the Gators start humming on all cylinders. Wait and see. I have a good feeling about this Gators team. We will be in the mix at the end of the season. Peace.
    Go GATORS!!!

  12. First of all..KY has played absolutely the worst of the worst in college football..they have a few play-makers but nothing our defense cannot handle..this offense will finally show up, but remember the play calling is conservative for a reason(if u win u win)..I do not like Addazio and believe he should be relieved of his duties by Urban himself or at least put him up in the box(like 99% of other coordinators)

    It is nearly impossible to not look at Alabama..goal this weekend is not get hurt and not show anything that could be a game changer(play wise) against the Tide..With that said Florida rolls over Kentucky and is prime to face Alabama and return some revenge from last December’s beating..Go Gators!

  13. This is a make or break game for Addazio! Win lose or draw, if the play calling is not better he need to be gone! We are too predictable on offense (see mike corsair comments)! Gatormiami is dead right ( go look at his comments ).

  14. THIS IS THE BIGEST GAME OF THE YEAR FOR THE GATORS, THE NATION WILL BE LOOKING AT THIS GAME! R. POWELL & EASLEY YOU WERE TALK ABOUT PLAYING TIME AT THE START OF THE SEASON AND YOU’ALL WERE GOING TO LEAVE THE TEAM AND ALL THAT. THIS IS THE GAME YOU TWO NEED TO SHOW YOU WERE RIGHT, THIS IS THE GAME YOU WERE RECRUITED FOR!

  15. I PERSONALY THINK THAT RAINEY SHOULD PLAY. DAM WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY, WE ARE TRYING TO WIN FOOTBALL GAMES. I PERSONAL DO NOT CARE WHAT HE HAS DONE OUTSIDE THE WHITE LINES!LET HIM PLAY COACH! WE WILL BACK YOU UP FOR LETING HIM PLAY!

  16. ADDAZIO PUT THE BIG TIME RECRUITS IN THE GAME AND LET THEM PLAY, THIS IS THE GAME WE RECRUIT THEM FOR NOT TO SIT THE BEANCH! PLAYER LIKE: A. COXSON, R. CLARK C. DUNKLEY. WHAT ARE YOU SAVE THEM FOR , THERE IS NO FILM ON THEM. ALA DO NOT KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

  17. ADDAZIO THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SHOW THAT YOU SHOULD BE A D-1 OFFENSE COACH. IF THE PLAY CALLING SUCK THIS WEEK, I WILL PERSONALY GET UP A FIRE ADDAZIO . COM TO GET YOU FIRED ( ASK ZOOK ABOUT THAT)! STOP BEING PREDICTABLE, IF GATORMIAMI AND MIKE CORSAIR KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO CALL AND THEY DO NOT GET PAID THE MONEY WE PAY YOU. THOW THE DAM BALL DOWN FIELD ALL DAY ON ALA THEY CANNOT STOP OUR WIDE OUTS!