Here are four quick takeaways from Florida’s victory over Toledo:
Notable stat: Toledo was 1 for 13 on third down.
Improved OL: The Gators’ 2012 O-line was Jekyll and Hyde. They were strong run-blockers, but they yielded the most sacks in the SEC. Mack Brown was impressive today, but the offensive line was the biggest reason. Florida started DJ Humphries, Max Garcia, Jonotthan Harrison, Kyle Koehne and Tyler Moore, and it will be even stronger when Jon Halapio returns. Likewise, QB Jeff Driskel had little pressure on him throughout the game, other than the strip-sack allowed by Humphries (Florida recovered).
Driskel watch: Aside from the first-half fumble, Jeff Driskel was efficient and looked improved. He went through pass progressions better, but his awareness still has much-needed room for improvement. He finished 17 of 22 for 153 yards and one TD. The offense, however, became increasingly sluggish throughout the game, but it’s never going to be pretty with Will Muschamp and Brent Pease. Florida finished with 415 total yards, with 262 coming on the ground.
X Factor: Mr. Do-It-All Trey Burton slid out to receiver this year, and he still looks like the best weapon. He caught a team-high five passes for 69 yards. FB Gideon Ajagbe also looks impressive and serviceable, as does WR/RB Valdez Showers.
Defense: The Gators’ entire defensive line wasn’t overly dominant, but DTs Dominique Easley and Leon Orr were. Easley’s quickness wreaked havoc off the ball several different times. Orr’s contribution was also impressive. The secondary had a strong game, headlined by safety Cody Riggs and freshman corner Vernon Hargreaves, who registered his first collegiate INT.
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