I hate games like this one against truly awful opponents because if anything goes wrong, it’s a really bad sign, but if anything goes right, you almost have to write it off because of the opponent. There’s not really much to say about the mechanics of the game itself since it went as expected, but here’s a few quick thoughts at the end of the weekend:
-Florida still has problems with mobile quarterbacks. This is as it has been for as long as I can remember. I think it started with Tommy Frazier and we’ve still never recovered.
-Urban Meyer will be frustrated with his running game again. Kestahn Moore only had a couple of runs that looked like they would have gone anywhere against a good defense, and Jarred Fayson didn’t look very good at all. Urban said in his weekly coach’s show that there weren’t any designed QB runs called for Tebow and that Cam Newton would likely be doing those, so his runs were entirely improvised. It’s only one game, but his decision making with those seems to be sound. Chris Rainey looked good on his punt return and Brandon James returns from suspension next week, so there could be hope.
-Percy Harvin needs the ball more. I don’t know if they were just taking it easy with him because he had some tendinitis recently, but he needs to touch the ball more than anyone on the offense outside of Tebow and Drew Miller. Urban said in his show that they plan on getting him the ball more, and I was glad to hear that.
-Andre Caldwell and Riley Cooper are the new Reidel Anthony/Chris Doering combo. Look for them to catch deep balls all season.
-Brandon Spikes is a monster. He and Dustin Doe were all over the place. I don’t know if that’s because they were that good or everyone else wasn’t, but if A.J. Jones can play like them, Florida has nothing to worry about at linebacker.
-Derrick Harvey will get his, but it remains to be seen if anyone else on the defensive line will get more than 2 or 3 sacks apiece over the course of the season.
-The secondary is a legitimate concern. It allowed over 10 yards per completion, and that’s not going to cut it in SEC play, especially since Erik Ainge’s broken finger isn’t affecting him and Matt Stafford looked worlds better against Oklahoma State. Also throw in 5th year seniors Brandon Cox and Matt Flynn, Andre Woodson, Chris Nickson, and Drew Weatherford with a season under a competent quarterbacks coach, and there could be some serious trouble ahead.
-Troy should not give us too much trouble next week after getting railroaded by Arkansas. Key word: should.