School is officially in session. The Florida Gators took their first test yesterday, facing Eastern Michigan for their 2014 season-opener.

The Gators won 65-0, but how did each position group perform in last night’s blow out win? We hand out grades for every offensive position group.


Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris both saw significant time against Eastern Michigan last night.

Driskel played the entire first half and into the third quarter. He showed good command of the new offense under Kurt Roper, completing 31-of-45 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown. Driskel didn’t take too many shots downfield and when he did, there was either a penalty or a drop by the wide receiver. Despite no big plays from the redshirt junior, Driskel did a fantastic job of spreading the ball around to multiple receivers.

The backup, true freshman Treon Harris, was able to complete some bigger plays for the Gators including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson and a 78-yard pass to running back Mark Herndon. Driskel is the definite starter, but as a player making his college debut, Harris looked sharp. He can do a little more with his legs than Driskel and should be a solid option to back him up. Harris finished with 148 yards on two-for-two passing with two touchdowns.


The biggest offensive takeaway from last night’s blowout win was the impressive depth at running back for the Gators. Three of their top four running backs scored a touchdown. Matt Jones, Kelvin Taylor, Mack Brown and true freshman Brandon Powell had a huge day on the ground. Both Jones and Taylor showed great vision in the middle of the field, gashing the EMU defense for long touchdown runs up the middle. Brown also showed some explosiveness, while Powell brought another dimension to the Florida run game with his shiftiness and electrifying speed.

It appears the Gators finally have a great blend of power and speed backs to compliment Roper’s spread offense.


With the exception of a Quinton Dunbar drop on a beautiful deep ball by Jeff Driskel, the wide receivers had a strong game for the Gators. Sophomore Demarcus Robinson emerged as their best playmaker with six receptions, 123 receiving yards and one touchdown. Something that has been a long-time coming for Robinson and the Florida fans eagerly awaiting him to make an impact.

10 different players recorded a reception last night. There was some unfortunate news with Jake McGee breaking his leg, effectively ending his season. However, Clay Burton hauled in seven receptions and showed he could be a reliable target for Driskel in McGee’s absence.


For the most part, the offensive line looked strong throughout yesterday’s game. They kept both Driskel and Harris protected and led the way for a big day on the ground. The Gators gained 259 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line has been a weak spot for the Gators offense over the last few years, but it was apparent this year’s line is bigger and more talented. Florida fans have to be encouraged by what they saw from the offensive line.

They didn’t get through the game free from injury as starting left tackle DJ Humphries will be out for a couple of weeks with a bone chip in his ankle. True freshman David Sharpe will most likely start in his place.