Five on the Spot

Sep 21, 2019 | 0 comments

The No. 9 Florida Gators (3-0,1-0) return to The Swamp as they will officially begin life without Feleipe Franks. They host the Tennessee Volunteers (1-2) in an afternoon matinee as they begin their stretch of three-straight home games.

The Gators were able to escape Lexington with a win last week to start the conference season off on the right note. However, they have another conference challenge this week and know not to take any team lightly.

With the Gators and the Vols’ set to write the next chapter of a storied rivalry, here’s the five Gators on the spot this week:

  • Marco Wilson, Cornerback

He’s still looking to get back into his lockdown form, and the Gators need Marco Wilson to do just that Saturday. With the status of CJ Henderson still in question, Wilson will have his work cut out for him. Tennessee has a pretty good receiving core, featuring Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway. Wilson will be tasked with locking down at least one of the Vols’ talented receivers. He has struggled some this year coming back from injury but look for that to change. This week could be a good opportunity for Wilson to get his first career interception in the Orange and Blue

  • Kyree Campbell, Defensive Lineman

Lost along the Gators defensive line is Kyree Campbell, and he’s quietly been very good since he arrived on campus. Florida’s front seven figures to have a good day against a young Tennessee offensive line and Campbell should be a factor. He’s been stout in the run game and has three tackles for loss on the young season. Last year, Campbell had a great showing against the Vols’ in Knoxville and will look to do the same for the Gators to be successful Saturday.

  • Kyle Pitts, Tight End

Coming off his best game of the season, expect Kyle Pitts to continue to be productive for the Gators. He caught four passes for 63 yards against Kentucky and seems to have a pretty good connection with whoever is playing quarterback. BYU’s tight end had a pretty good day against Tennessee and Pitts could prove to be a mismatch. He hasn’t found the end zone yet this year, but that needs to change for the Gators to open up another element in their offense. Also, Pitts and the other tight ends need to improve their blocking to help solve Florida’s woes up front.

  • Runnings Backs

Somethings got to give, right? Florida’s running game has been underwhelming thus far and that’s putting it nicely. The running backs don’t deserve all the blame with the offensive line struggling to create lanes. The Vols’ defense is giving up more rush yards than pass yards on average this year and Chattanooga was able to run for 151 yards last week. They need to get the necessary blocking, but the Gators running backs need to make some plays. Break some tackle, earn extra yards, anything to try to get the run element in their offense going. Also, don’t think it would be a terrible for Dan Mullen to try to spread the carries around more. Lamical Perine, Malik Davis and Dameon Pierce all have different skill-sets that could make for a good day on the ground.

  • Kyle Trask, Quarterback

We’ll likely see some of Emory Jones, but it’s the Kyle Trask show now for the Gators. After his showing in come-from-behind fashion to get Florida the win in Lexington, Trask is ready to be the guy. It will be his first career collegiate start, not to mention his first start since his freshman year of high school. He never thought of the transfer portal and stayed ready for his moment. It came last Saturday and he will look to create more as the starting quarterback for the Gators. Tennessee is giving up 149 yards through the air this year, but gave up 232 passing yards against BYU. Florida’s passing attack was smooth once Trask entered the game last week and they will look to have another good week through the air.

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