Florida Gators couldn't look much worse today against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks last year one of the worst teams in the country. With problems in all facets of the game Urban Meyer has his work cut out for him this week in practice.
To be fair head coach of the Miami RedHawks Mike Haywood really had the RedHawks ready to play, the defense look much improved over last year and with the exception of two big runs played exceptional against the sloppy Gator offense. The RedHawks offense also looked to be a step up from last years version considering the speedy defense it was up against.
Even with an improved RedHawks team this was a game Florida should have won by 50 points but with poor offense, special teams and 4 defensive interceptions only leading to 14 points, and another touchdown from a failed fake punt attempt by the RedHawks. That leaves 13 of Florida's points to attribute to the offense against a Mac school. With 7 of that 13 coming off a heave from Brantley on 4th down that got tip to a Gator wide receiver. Putting up 6 (9 if they don't go for it on the 4th down touchdown) earned points against a Mac team will make it hard for Urban Meyer to sleep this week.
Many things can be attributed to Florida's poor offense:
1. Mike Pouncey, offensive center and brother of the Rimington Trophy winner Maurkice Pouncey, struggled to snap the ball during shotgun situations today leading to 2 lost fumbles and many disrupted plays for the Gator offense.
2. The Miami defense really shut down the Gator running game until the 4th quarter, forcing Brantley to throw the ball on 3rd and longs and the Miami secondary did a very good job of coming up and making plays.
3. With a lack of confidence in Gator kicker Caleb Sturgis forcing Meyer to go for it on several 4th downs putting even more pressure on Brantley. While this lack of confidence was well placed with Caleb Sturgis missing an easy field goal and an extra point, it made Brantley's job even harder, and with already having to fill the shoe's of now NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and one of the great college football players, this level of pressure may have rattled Brantley a few times in the red zone.
Possible solutions for Florida:
1. Move Mike Pouncey back to right guard and start the back up center, and or practice with Pouncey on snapping the ball well and then pulling all week during practice.
2. While Brantley struggled at times he was still effective, pass first next week to open up the run more and later play action. Hopefully building Brantley's confidence early and then lifting some of the pressure later in the game.
3. Score touchdowns and hope Sturgis hits some extra points.