It’s taken a while, but the Gators are finally involving slot receiver Dre Massey in the offense. He’s made plays in back-to-back games, and the plan is to keep feeding him the ball.
“It was good for him and good for this football team, the opportunity for a guy that has playmaking ability with the ball in his hands to make plays,” UF interim head coach Randy Shannon said of Massey’s two-reception performance at Missouri, including a 38-yard pass play. “Like anything else, once a guy shows he can do it you have to find ways to get the ball back in his hands. We’re finding ways to get the ball in his hands so he can make plays for us.”
Massey would like to have another good game Saturday, especially with so many family members and friends in the stands. He is from Greenville, S.C., and was once a Gamecock commitment.
“It’s a big game for me,” he said. “I’ve got like 50-plus people coming. It’s going to be a big, big deal.”
Massey said Shannon is the reason he ended up at Florida instead going to USC.
“Coach Shannon,” he said. “He recruited me pretty hard. I was with him the whole way, honestly. I was recruited by (Steve) Spurrier when he was at South Carolina before he was leaving. He told me he was leaving and I was like, ‘Yeah I’m going to go to Florida.’ ”
Nuss still calling plays
Shannon was asked Monday if he is considering having someone other than offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier call plays this week.
“No. No. Not at all,” he said. “We moved the ball more than other times (this season). We just have to get in the red zone and score points. And that’s the thing, we have to score touchdowns.”
Paying for penalties
Shannon pulled his starting offensive tackles — Martez Ivey and Jawaan Taylor — on separate occasions after each was called for a procedure penalty in the red zone against Missouri.
“Just took them out. That’s unacceptable when you have an opportunity to score points and you get negative plays,” Shannon said. “You’re in the red zone and those things happen, that’s on you. Listen, in football, if you physically get beat, all right, if you’re not fast enough or athletically you’re just not good enough, OK, we can accept those things. That’s called recruiting, getting strong in the weight room and building your speed.
“But if it’s the mental part of the game, that’s unacceptable. Me concentrating on the snap count or me concentrating looking at the ball and seeing where it’s snapped, those mental reps. Those are things you can not afford.”