Florida Gators Offense Had a Small Bite Saturday Night: Week 1

Jordae BakerContributor ISeptember 5, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the University of Florida Gators warms up prior to a game against the Florida Atlantic University Owls at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Not to get overly excited, but the term "dismal offense" was not used to describe Florida's offense Saturday night against the Owls of Florida Atlantic.  Lets be realistic, this was a cupcake opponent, but given the state of parity in college football today, it was nice to see the Mighty Gators get off to a quick start against the boys from Boca Raton. 

Finally some snaps from under center for John Brantley along with isolation runs with the tailbacks (Rainey and Demps) and swing passes GALORE out of the backfield.  The excellent route running by the Florida receivers and solid throws from JB gave some hope to Gator Nation that a productive offense maybe possible this season.  The first drive did present a snap over the head of Brantley which caused a nauseating feeling, momentarily.

Has Charlie Weis figured out what Steve Addazio couldn't?  Superior talent doesn't require an overly systematic scheme...Maybe it's not a good idea to run the option with a pro-style quarterback...Get the ball to your clearly talented players in space... What a concept!  What do we know, right?  We're just stupid fans that know nothing about college football.  

The Gators had a smooth rhythm going until Muschamp decided to put the true freshman quarterback, Jeff Driskel, in during the latter part of the second quarter.  Unfortunately, Driskel's first pass was picked off.  No worries, the kid should be a stud in the future, but not now. 

There was really no need to pull Brantley that early in the ball game because all the starters need all the live reps possible.  Lets not start experimenting just yet coach Muschamp—let ole Johnny boy prove himself in Weis' offense before an unnecessary quarterback controversy starts amongst the fans.  In the second half of blowout victories, Driskel can play mop up duty. 

This Saturday, the Blazers should provide some more skilled players on defense than Florida Atlantic, so the fans can gain a better sense of where this new Gator offense may go in 2011.