After losing both lines of scrimmage in the loss to Kentucky, the goal against Colorado State was to be tougher, more physical and more effective on both lines.
Both were a little better, but the defensive line apparently was better than the offensive line.
UF coach Dan Mullen wasn’t exactly giddy over the play of the offensive line.
“A little bit (better),” Mullen said. “We’re not jumping up and down yet, but I think they’re improving. The mental strain and grind of practice has got to improve for our guys, especially with the offensive line.
“I know myself and John (Hevesy), we have a pretty high standard for those guys of what we expect out of them, being such a critical part to the team. If you have a great offensive line you have the opportunity to be successful, so I want to see them continue to progress.”
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seemed a little bit more pleased with what he got out of his defensive line in the 48-10 win.
“We took a step in the right direction last week,” Grantham said. “I thought our guys were physical. I thought they played with their hands. They did a good job securing their gaps. But it showed up in practice that way. So I think it was a move in the right direction and we’ve got to continue to develop our standard and the identity we want and still improve, but we made progress where we needed to.”
The standout on the line was rush end Jabari Zuniga, the SEC defensive lineman of the week for his 2.5-sack performance.
“He was disruptive both in the run and the pass,” Grantham said. “Any time you can have a multiple-sack game like that, and he also had a couple other quarterback pressures and hits on the quarterback that affected the game, it’s big. And then I thought he played well in the run game. So any time you get a guy that can be disruptive in his play and make plays in your base defense it’s going to allow you to have a good turnout.”
Good old “Rocky Top”
The players and coaches might be hearing “Rocky Top” in their sleep even before they reach Knoxville for Saturday’s game. The tune is being played multiple times at practice this week.
“We’ll mix ‘Rocky Top’ into our crowd noise,” Mullen said. “I’ll be whistling ‘Rocky Top’ by the end of the week. You just hear it over and over. Like every other or every third song, it’ll roll through within the crowd noise that we play at practice. You get used to it, and it’s a catchy tune.
“I hope we don’t hear it all that much (Saturday). I hope I hear it a lot more during practice than I do on game day.”