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July 27, 2019 at 4:54 pm #43743
Mveal, the inexperienced Gator OL will be severely tested by Miami, especially early when the Cane DL and LBs are fresh. Every Gator OL starter has some playing experience from last year, but this will be their first game playing as a unit and Miami’s D is talented and experienced, especially at LB.
Franks’ primary objective will be to give up no turnovers early because the Gator D will shut down Miami’s O. Any early scores, for either side, will most likely be the result of special teams play or turnovers.
Franks’ passing stats in his last game of 2018, under positive conditions in the Peach Bowl, were a rather mediocre 13 completions in 23 attempts for 173 yards and 1 TD with no interceptions. I watched that game and can testify he was painful to watch at times, missing wide open receivers on the other side of the field from where he locked in on his covered primary targets. That aspect of his play will not change by August 24th.
If Franks and company don’t turn the ball over early, this game will resemble the South Carolina and Michigan games last year, because the Gator D will be relentless. In the 2nd half, the depth shy Miami D will wear down, and the Gator O will be able to run the ball down their throats. Let’s hope CDM’s lessons on how to protect the ball made a lasting impression on Franks. It’s infinitely better to throw it away than to throw a pick.
If Franks and company do turn the ball over early, this game will get very uncomfortable for the Gators as their only way to come back is the way they did against South Carolina last year, except Miami has a better D than the Gamecocks did last year. Let’s hope this doesn’t come to pass.
July 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm #43479
Since this is the first game of the season, the oddsmakers have had plenty of time to evaluate both teams coming out of spring practices. The power rankings I’ve seen so far make the Gators one TD favorites. So, an 8 point line makes sense given the likelihood that the crowd in Orlando will be strongly pro Gators.
The interesting thing about this game is that both teams will feature salty defenses VS. OLs that will be works-in-progress. That points to a low scoring game. The Gators do have a significant advantage in their passing game with experienced QB and WRs, provided our OL can slow down the Canes’ pass rush.
I believe the Gators will win this game, but winning by 8 or more will be a tall order without winning the turnover battle, which is never predictable.
May 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm #43040
The transfer portal giveth and the transfer portal taketh away. We shouldn’t overlook the fact that Jefferson, Grimes and Greenard allcame to the Gators courtesy of transfers (before there was an “official” portal.)
I believe players should be allowed to freely transfer if they’re not happy with their situations at a particular university. I sincerely doubt starters who are happy in a stable, competitive program will request a transfer when there’s not much to be gained from that disruption to their lives. So, it becomes a valuable tool for guys riding the bench, or guys caught up in difficult situations, or after regime changes.
On the other hand, the transfer portal creates a great opportunity for a good coaching staff to pick up missing puzzle pieces right after spring practice ends. Who believes the Gators would have done as well as they did in 2018 WITHOUT Jefferson and Grimes???
Just saying… GO GATORS!!!
May 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm #42890
“Hit the open man!” Shadow, THAT is the most pithy description of how I feel about Mr. Franks that I’ve ever read! LMAO!!! 😂😂😂
That said, I’m with 6 in “hoping” that “Franks has a true break out year…” I just wouldn’t bet MY money on it (maybe 65’s, but not mine! LOL!)
As for Mr. Trask, I won’t take credit for coming up with the coaching ambition angle, although it makes some sense. If he sticks around UF for his full eligibility period and then becomes a grad assistant coach somewhere we’ll know that was his objective.
Seems to me that if Mr. Trask wanted to be a starter he would have placed his name in the transfer portal right after the spring game. That he hasn’t means, at least to me, that being a starter somewhere is NOT his primary goal, which is good for the Gators.
April 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm #42745
Hey Graham, do you have a clever response to THAT??? The dude is just a tad late responding to your 2019 recruiting class post!
April 14, 2019 at 10:50 pm #42709
The really interesting thing about the Gator spring game format this year is that it was designed as an exhibition game for all the recruits the Gators had on campus and they had many. CDM passed on having the SEC Network televise the game live at a later time in order to accommodate all their schedules.
It already yielded results with two commitments. The first was 3* 2020 H-Back prospect Jaheim Bell (6-2, 213, Valdosta, GA. High), who was impressed with TE play. The second was the Gators’ first 2022 commit from receiver Syveion Ellis (6-5, 200, Brunswick, GA. High), who was impressed with the WR corps. Both are Georgia athletes recruited be Smart.
The measurables on that 2022 WR prospect are impressive. If he has the speed and hands to go with that height and weight, he’ll be a coverage nightmare!
July 28, 2019 at 8:55 am #43752
6, CDM is not SOS. For better or worse Franks will be THE Gator QB in 2019. Pulling him out early in the first game of the season will really disrupt the team. So, he’ll be our starter as long as he’s healthy.
Jones will get his packages of plays for a change of pace, like Tebow did back in 2006. That will keep him sharp and force opponents to game plan for him.
CDM will limit Franks’ exposure to making poor decisions by calling safer pass plays with fewer check-downs if he sees him getting a lot of early blitzes and pressure from the Cane D. He and his assistants have much more affinity to his QB’s limitations than McElwhiner and his staff, who just threw the poor kid out to the wolves and destroyed his confidence.
July 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm #43619
You have a point Nashville. The OL readiness issue cannot be minimized. They can only overcome their lack of experience as a unit by playing as a unit. The schedule affords them just 5 injury free games to get SEC ready before they have to face Auburn and LSU back-to-back.
The Gators must be 5-0 going into game 6 and must split those 2 games, at worst, to have a realistic shot at an 11 win season and winning the East by spanking those hated Dawgs. The GA media will have reason to worry about the Gators if they arrive at the Cocktail Party sporting only one loss. Smart may be a better recruiter, but CDM is a better coach.
Regardless of whether the Gators beat the Dawgs, CDM will land his first top 5 recruiting class by February. They’re well positioned now at #8 and will be able to add another 10 recruits to the class thanks to the attrition that has taken place in the 2019 recruiting class this spring and summer.
July 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm #43504
And depth just took another hit. With the departure of Edwards, the Gators are now thin and inexperienced at corner behind the starters.
July 7, 2019 at 1:50 pm #43488
Great starters in the Gator secondary catrick. Not much experience behind them however. Hopefully, the starters will avoid injuries, especially early in the season.
June 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm #43294
Absolutely agree with you mtn2top! When (not if) the Gators rule the recruiting roost in their State of Florida, they’ll rule the SEC and CFB Playoff roosts too.
CDM and his staff must continue developing relationships with all the high school head coaches in the state so they’ll nudge their star players toward UF every season. Players will still choose to play elsewhere, but hopefully the Gators will land their share of top state talent. That will reduce the need to hit recruiting home runs outside the state.
The question on my mind now (that may never be answered) is what drove Mr. Steele to go clear across the country and sign a LOI to play ball for the Gators? The conspiracy theorist in me believes he and his family may have tried to extract “special considerations” from USC and had their bluff called.
Whatever happened, the Gators are better off without Mr. Steele on their roster. An unhappy player will always be a drag on the program, even if he manages to stay out of trouble.
May 12, 2019 at 9:18 am #42988
Spot on evaluation and prediction mtn2top!
For anyone who’s into betting on CFB games, bet the under for the Miami game. The only way to hit the over will be for turnovers to be turned into defensive, or easy scores… as occurred in Dallas a couple of years ago.
May 11, 2019 at 8:37 am #42970
How many days to go till that Miami game again???
April 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm #42724
6 — The spring game format doesn’t lend itself to drawing too many reliable conclusions. That said, touch and accuracy in passing are skills that will improve with repetition and are noticeable even passing against no coverage. Franks’ touch and accuracy appear to have improved since the bowl game.
As to decision making, who knows. Franks wasn’t facing a lot of pressure from the DL. So, he could take his time and wait for his preferred receivers to break open.
One bad thing hasn’t changed and probably never will. Franks STILL has not been broken off the habit of staring down his primary receivers from the moment the offense lines up for a play. He did it again repeatedly on Saturday.
He just doesn’t appear to have the ability to anticipate where his receivers will be 2-3 seconds after the ball is snapped and just throw the ball there. He has to look for them before aiming his passes in their direction. That lets DBs in zone coverage easily read his eyes and drift toward the receiver he’s staring at.
The best QB I’ve ever seen at anticipating where his receivers will be is Aaron Rodgers. That guy actually throws receivers open. In college, the best QB I ever saw was Danny Wuerffel.
Maybe, Franks will break himself of that habit, but I sincerely doubt it.
April 6, 2019 at 9:52 pm #42579
No doubt a key ingredient in landing a Top 5 recruiting class in 2020 will be perceived progress on the field in 2019. Interestingly, due to the increased difficulty of the 2019 schedule, a 10-3 record with a NY-6 bowl win would actually be an improvement in performance over 2018 for the Gators.
That said, 11-2 or better will leave no doubt. It is doable, but there’s no room for Mizzou type meltdowns like we had last season.