The Gators came out strong in their 4th game of the season again the Kentucky Wildcats. After a Kentucky 3-and-out, Florida’s offense got off to a quick start going up 14-0 early. In the second quarter, the Florida offense stalled but a Florida pick-6 gave them 21 points by the half. Kentucky did score a touchdown via a pretty slick fake field goal play.
Florida fans were excited to see Andre Debose make a few plays early (although he didn’t do much later), but the story was Trey Burton. The true freshman who is listed as John Brantley’s backup, yet plays a multitude of positions due to his athleticism, was responsible for all Florida offensive scores. Burton ran for five touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass for a sixth score. Burton looks to be the ideal quarterback/athlete to run Urban Meyer’s spread offense.
We can expect to see more of Burton as the year progresses, and Meyer has to be salivating at Burton’s Tebowesque abilities.
With regards to John Brantley, he had a nice game but still has some accuracy issues with lots of throws a little high. For a pocket passer QB such as Brantley, one would hope that his accuracy would be slightly better. With that said, Brantley moved the ball and got the job done.
Receivers Carl Moore and Deonte Thompson made a few plays, but Thompson had a chance at touchdown and didn’t come down with it. Thompson looks great at times and shows his speed, but he definitely has the reputation of not being able to come down with the big play.
The only other aspect of the Gator offense worth commenting on is that the offensive line continues it’s struggles somewhat. There were a few off snaps, which Florida fans are used to in 2010, as well as procedural penalties. These didn’t impact the game against Kentucky, but such mistakes could be devastating in a close game.
The Gator defense was tough keeping the Kentucky playmakers such as Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke contained. Locke was able to find holes and gain yards on the ground but with Kentucky down early, the Cats were forced to take it to the air. Hartline played decent connecting with Cobb and Chris Matthews (Matthews had a nice touchdown) but overall the Gators defense was too much.
Florida plays Alabama next week in Tuscaloosa in a matchup of two undefeated teams. Kentucky will look to rebound at Ole Miss next week.
Some key numbers and observations for Florida:
- The obvious one: Trey Burton had 6 touchdowns (huge breakout night for this young kid)
- Jon Bostic had his third interception of the year
- John Brantley threw his first interception of the year
- Carl Moore continues to make some nice high catches on some of Brantley’s high passes. Moore has great size, athleticism, and is showing he has great hands.
Some key numbers and observations for Kentucky:
- Derrick Locke had 103 yards rushing. Guy is indeed a workhorse.
- We typically only hear about Randall Cobb, but receiver Chris Matthews had a great game with 114 yards and two touchdowns