First half: The running game struggled in the first quarter, but Feleipe Franks looked like a guy who had been running this offense since birth. He had 253 total yards and five TD throws in the first half and the receivers looked like something we haven’t see in a long time.
Second half: Things were not quite as smooth with the backup quarterbacks starting with the first snap sailing over Kyle Trask’s head. The only highlight of the half was the running of freshman Dameon Pierce, who had 75 yards on eight carries.
For the game: The offense was efficient in the first half and was helped by a couple of short fields. This was only the first game and the true tests are down the road, but it was still strong.
First half: This defense was one play from having about as good a half as is possible, no matter the opposition. Ronnie Harris had a 70-yard run for the only first down, but CSU had only 22 yards otherwise. The defense was flying around like it had something to prove.
Second half: The second-teamers had some trouble with scrambles and a few draw plays, but they still held the opponent to six points. They also came up with three turnovers.
For the game: The offense they were facing was not the most complicated or talented they will face this year. Still, to hold a team to three passing yards is hard to do.
Special teams B
First half: The blocked field goal at the end of the half wasn’t just about keeping the shutout going. It was about actually blocking a kick. Florida had only four in the last five seasons. Evan McPherson had a strong half as the new field goal kicker.
Second half: McPherson continued to show off his leg and passed his first test with flying colors. Tommy Townsend boomed a 53-yard punt in his only try of the half.
For the game: It has been a while since the special teams were indeed special. Two blocked kicks, good coverage for the most part and, did I mention two blocked kicks? We didn’t get to see the kickoff returns because Charleston Southern squibbed both of them.
Hey, it was good to see Feleipe Franks and the rest of the guys smiling again. It was important to know this offense can work even if it was against a defense that was only a notch above air. It will be interesting to see if that defense is really as good as it looked.