Florida offense gaining confidence heading into this weekend

Oct 24, 2018 | 0 comments

A year ago, no one would have predicted No. 9 Florida (6-1, 4-1) and No. 7 Georgia (6-1, 4-1) would meet in Jacksonville this year with SEC Championship and College Football Playoff implications on the line. 

Now, just days away from another top-10 showdown in Jacksonville, the Gators enter this match up as winners of five straight games, and are beginning to gain confidence on the offensive side of the ball after a 576-yard performance two weeks ago against Vanderbilt. 

Tyrie Cleveland commented on the Gators explosive performance two weeks ago and how that game created some momentum for this unit. 

"It can boost our confidence up a lot. You know the running game was going so the run game open up the pass game a little bit. Just coming out there and just tempo. We did a lot of tempo that week with game planning so hopefully we can just put that, put that on going into Georgia week."  

Florida’s offense is succeeding in a variety of ways. Whether it’s pounding the football or airing it out, this offense continues to keep opposing defenses off-balance, largely due to their ability to spread the football around. With a new signal caller on the sidelines, Florida’s offense has vastly improved in just nine months. 

On Tuesday, running back Lamical Perine commented on coach Mullen’s play-calling. 

“He’s an offensive guru. That’s what I call him. He’s a great guy calling plays man. He always has us ready. I mean last year a couple times the defenses were calling out our plays. I mean they can’t really do that right now because we got them so off-balanced.” 

 The offensive play-calling has allowed quarterback Feleipe Franks to record completions to 19 different receivers. Franks’ ability to find different men makes the opposing defense focus on all 11 guys on the field. Franks discussed spreading the ball around to all his playmakers. 

“Yeah, I try to spread the ball. I try to get everybody – I mean all of our guys are super good. Our receivers, tight ends, running backs, they can all catch the ball. They can all make plays when they get in space. So, I’m just trying to get the ball to them.  

The diversity within the offense also allows the duo of Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine to keep the defense off-balanced. The one-two punch of Scarlett and Perine has improved each week and their most impressive performance came against then-undefeated and No.5 LSU. The two backs combined for 150 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.  

On Tuesday, Scarlett acknowledged that the duo’s success is because of the big guys up front. 

"I think we're starting as a whole team now, just the whole offense, just believing in what we can do. The offensive line is sticking together, working together and we're working together with them in sync." 

Florida will have another big test again on Saturday against a strong Georgia defense. The ‘Dawgs are allowing opponents only 311 yards per game, which ranks 16th nationally. The play calling and diversity within the offense may give the Gators an advantage in this match up.  

Despite last year's 42-7 defeat in this game, Florida is much more prepared and hungrier to prove the doubters wrong.  

“Well, I know there were a lot of guys from last year that still had a sour taste in their mouth from just how bad we got beat so a lot of that is carrying over to this game, too, so I’m kind of ready to go ahead and get out there,” Perine added. 

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