The impressive defense of the Florida Gators bared its teeth against Saturday in their annual rivalry game against Georgia.
Marshall Long: Georgia's freshman punter had been the bright spot on a below average special teams unit to this point in the season, however his efforts proved to be detrimental against the Gators.
It was a far-from-flawless performance by the offense, but there were some positives, the biggest perhaps being the Gators' ability to control the line of scrimmage in the running game when they had to. With a Gator victory, Florida would get a huge leg up in the standings - Kentucky has two conference losses to both Florida and Alabama on its record.
The quarterback played at Georgia from 2000-05. "They'll get a chance to do it again next week". This was the kind of playmaker that Florida has lacked at times this season, and he gave the Gators the 21-10 lead that they took through the end of the football game. On the ground, he netted 65 yards on 17 attempts, but was sacked four times.
Georgia did find a rhythm on one first-half drive as the 6-foot-5 Eason starred.
Georgia got criticized by some for running the ball only 19 times.
Georgia adds another to the loss column after losing to Florida by a 24-10 score in Jacksonville.
The only noticeable issue from a play-calling perspective was after Eason's touchdown to Riley Ridley.
GEORGIA: Continues to be a work in progress in Smart's first season. On one play, Eason stepped up in the pocket and threw a pass out of bounds.
Brandon Dawkins started and threw for 116 yards, including a 38-yard TD pass to Trey Griffey.
"I think he's growing up". The 2-4 SEC record is their worst six-game mark since the 1996 Jim Donnan team that finished 3-5 in the conference and 5-6 overall.
Ramsey has been front and center for both the highs and lows of Eason's first-ever collegiate season.
"This will be a great chess match", McElwain said.
We can do better I know, but hey, it's a start.
Antonio Callaway has done it all in his career.
Georgia hasn't played as well as I thought they would this season, while Florida has been able to play well behind their strong defense. Long had five punts, and averaged 32 yards per punt. "I want Georgia to win, but I won't watch".
More concerning than the distance of the punts for Smart is the short hang time.
"A lot of people don't get that, but if I would have sat out, I mean that makes me question myself and what I actually do this for, you know?"
The state of Georgia's punting situation is "punt-to-punt". "That's reality", Smart said Saturday. "I had complete confidence Marshall was going to kick the ball".
LeCount was a wishbone quarterback at Florida (1974-77) and an National Football League wide receiver for nine seasons. The defense has been decent, no surprise given Smart's background.
This is perhaps the funniest fun fact of them all, only because of the way the universe sometime completes a full circle. Anu Solomon replaced him in the third quarter and lasted just two series. Miami lost to Notre Dame Saturday, just minutes after the last tick on the clock in Jacksonville. "This is what we envisioned all year, but it's the first game we've been able to do it".
Coaching a football team is hard, especially when it's made up of 18- to 22-year-old kids.