The South Florida Bulls arrived to The Swamp ready to play. Coach Skip Holtz and his Bulls may have lost the contest, but they made a statement proving that South Florida may be the second or third best team in the state of Florida.
The Gators, reeling after a mediocre week one performance, started the game not unlike their game against Miami of Ohio. Florida's defense clearly kept the Gators in the game in the first half before the offense got into a rhythm and performed much better.
Time to dive in and grade each part of the Florida Gators football team.
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The Gator Nation waited with baited breath for the premiere of John Brantley this 2010 season. To say that Brantley left Gator fans questioning his first start against Miami of Ohio would be an understatement.
Against USF, Brantley started slowly once again, but as the game progressed he got into a rhythm and looked sharp. His passes were surgically accurate.
This week, Brantley went 18 of 31 for 172 yards and two touchdown. He again threw no interceptions.
Brantley has thrown 92 passes so far this season without an interception. His streak is now at 117 dating back to 2009 when he threw a pick during the Vanderbilt game.
There were some errant snaps once again, but Brantley did a better job bringing them in this time around.
There was absolutely no way that Center Mike Pouncey could play worse than he did in week one. He improved, but still has areas of opportunity to work on.
The return of Carl Johnson was clearly evident as his leadership and skill showed especially on the perimeter. If there was an area of the team that had the most improvement it was the offensive line.
Coach Urban Meyer will be the first to tell you that the key to the spread offense is a strong running game. There are two words to remember when it comes to the Florida Gators offense in 2010.
The fastest player in college football, Demps showed the everyone that his world-class speed must be reckoned with. He has the uncanny ability to make 4.4 defensive backs look like they are standing still.
Demps broke off another huge run—this time for 62 yards with 7:24 left in the third quarter—for another touchdown. He is the only player in the nation to have two touchdown runs of more than 60 yards this season.
Others that made impacts were Mike Gillislee, Emmanuel Moody, and Chris Rainey. Unfortunately, Rainey left the game with a concussion in the first half.
Through two games, the running back corp is averaging eight yards per carry.
Should Jeff Demps receive Heisman consideration, or is it too early?
It is quite obvious that Deonte Thompson cannot catch a pass in the end zone. Again, Thompson dropped another pass that would have been a touchdown. Clearly he must overcome the perception that he is weak and cannot be relied on. He did, however, catch six passes for a career high of 83 yards.
Carl Moore, on the other hand, may have made a step forward to become Brantley's go to receiver. Moore hauled in five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Omarius HInes was quiet against the Bulls, and Andre Debose made his debut but caught zero passes.
TE Jordan Reed caught his first touchdown of his career with 3:55 left in the game.
Florida's saving grace so far this 2010 season has been the defense, and it starts with the defensive line.
Senior defensive end Duke Lemmens recovered a fumble in the third quarter. His counterpart, senior Justin Trattou, grabbed his third career interception, which he returned for a 35-yard touchdown.
True freshman Shariff Floyd made his presence known, and clearly will become a force to reckon with sooner than later.
Grade - A+
If there was any question to that grade, then you obviously don't know football. Janoris Jenkins and the secondary had another huge game. Jenkins grabbed another interception in the fourth quarter.
Senior safety Ahmad Black had two interceptions, which gives his three for the season. This isn't the first time Black has had two interceptions in one game; he did it back in 2008 against Hawaii.
Will Hill was dressed but did not play again this week. Obviously he remains in Coach Urban Meyer's dog house.
Did I say that the secondary graded out A+?
Kicker Caleb Sturgis had a bad back going into this game, and it showed as he missed his first field goal attempt in the first half.
Special Teams play was excellent. Jeff Demps and Janoris Jenkins fielded kickoff and punt returns like champions.
Grade: B+ (Sturgis' missed field goal dropped the grade from an A).