Dooley At The Half: UF offensive line struggling in the ground game

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in action Saturday against Towson at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Sun spots columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida vs. Towson game.

  • The Gators struggles with the running game continued against a team that struggles to stop the run. The right side of the line continues to be a problem. Dameon Pierce broke off the longest run by a running back this season when he cut back for a 31-yard gain in the second quarter. That was after Florida pulled right guard Chris Bleich after he had consecutive missed blocks, moved Brett Heggie over to right guard and inserted Richard Gouraige at left guard.
  • Tom Flacco is the real deal. The brother of Joe Flacco made some nice throws and hurt the Gators with 40 first-quarter rushing yards. But he also dropped a snap that David Reese recovered to kill a drive deep in UF territory.
  • Towson played two deep safeties against Florida’s Kyle Trask and the Gators countered by hitting a lot of short passes. Trask had the kind of first half that Feleipe Franks did against UT-Martin, going 13-for-13. Florida scored on three of its four possessions (the end of the half one only had two plays), but because the Gators allowed Towson to drive the ball the offense had trouble getting on the field.
  • Freshman Jaydon Hill probably will go to sleep seeing the possible pick-six he dropped. And still way too many guys trying to tackle with their shoulders instead of wrapping up. Still, and this seems to be a theme, it’s easy to pick out mistakes until you look at the scoreboard and see Towson failed to score in the half.