Published November 6, 2010 - 4:00pm
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The Florida Gators dominated the Vanderbilt Commodores today in Nashville 55 to 14. The Gators played three quarterbacks, and two different quarterbacks had touchdown passes.
Florida starting quarterback John Brantley still has issues throwing the football. He was high on several passes and under threw Chris Rainey for a touchdown – Rainey made a great play on that pass.
The offensive line had trouble blocking Vanderbilt before the game got out of hand. Every time Vanderbilt would bring an extra guy on a blitz, the offensive line never would touch them. Brantley’s escape ability is next to none, and he would take a sack. Another thing that would concern the Gators would be the way the offensive line telegraphs every running play or passing play. For instance, in the shotgun – if the offensive linemen’s hands were down, it would be a run. If the offensive line starts in an upright position and their hand is not on the ground, it would always be a pass play. Defensive coordinators are smart enough to pick up on this. They have to get this corrected.
Next week, Florida has to play South Carolina at home for the SEC East championship. While the offense is gaining momentum, they still have several questions at quarterback and offensive line moving forward.
John Brantley finished 11/18 with 157 yards passing and two touchdowns. Tight end / quarterback Jordan Reed finished 11/19 with 120 yards passing and one touchdown. Reed also added 84 yards rushing with a touchdown. Wildcat quarterback Trey Burton finished with 30 rushing yards. Running back Mike Gillislee had 57 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The third string quarterback Jordan Reed looks to me like the best quarterback to run this offense for Florida – no disrespect to Brantley.
Florida blocked two punts on the day – both by Chris Rainey.