Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Gators in the Moonlight: Florida/Tide in Primetime
Life without Tim Tebow has been a struggle at times for the Gators, but Florida is still loaded with talent and speed on both sides of the ball.
At the quarterback position the Gators are led by John Brantley.
Unlike Tim Tebow, Brantley is a true
pocket-passer. However, Brantley does possess quickness and solid footwork.
Brantley has thrown for 700 yards thus far in 2010, including six touchdowns and one interception.
One of the biggest storylines for this game has centered (and will continue to center) around Jeff Demps.
Demps was in a protective boot the initial portion of the week and is listed as “probable” for the ‘Bama game.
Even if Demps plays, his effectiveness will certainly be in question.
If Demps is unable to play or heavily hindered by his injury, the bulk of the ground game will depend on Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody.
Florida’s Trey Burton will also provide the additional storyline for the Florida/Alabama contest.
Burton is simply a “do everything” performer for the Gators.
Burton set a Florida school record with six touchdowns against Kentucky. The
all-purpose athlete lined up at quarterback, tight end and receiver against the Wildcats.
It goes without saying; the Alabama defense will need to limit the production of Trey Burton.
Florida is known for having speed merchants on offense that can do a little bit of everything. Trey Burton is certainly one of those guys.
For the second consecutive week, the Alabama secondary will be forced to cover a talented group of receivers.
The Gators are led by Deonte Thompson (18 receptions for 248 yards), Carl Moore (11 receptions for 148 yards) and Omarius Hines (9 receptions for 125 yards).
Jeff Demps also has 11 receptions for 61 yards on the season, but as mentioned above, his playing status and certainly playing effectiveness is in question due to his injury.
We know how talented Alabama is on the offensive side of the ball, but the Crimson Tide will be facing a very talented and very tough Florida defense.
Alabama gained 251 yards against Florida in the SEC title game so it goes without saying, stopping the run will be critical for the Gator defense.
Not only will Florida attempt to stop the run, but the Gators will look to shutdown Greg McElroy thanks to three of the best cover men in the nation.
Safety Ahmad Black, safety Will Hill and cornerback Janoris Jenkins will be a tough challenge for the Alabama quarterback and receivers.
Posted by The Crimson Elephant at 2:00 PM