COLUMBIA, S.C. — Before each recreation, veteran faculty soccer beat author Robbie Andreu comes up with 5 pertinent questions after which solutions them after the sport. Here’s Week 9:
1. Will the Gators play with extra emotion and power than they did within the lopsided loss to Missouri every week in the past?
Even although the sport had a lower than best begin for Florida, the Gators had been clearly extra emotionally prepared for this recreation. They performed with power, they performed with ardour, nevertheless it clearly takes greater than that to win on the highway within the SEC. To the Gators’ credit score, they didn’t seem to give up within the second half like they did every week in the past. They fought to the top and had an opportunity to tie the sport within the closing minutes.
2. How will Malik Zaire do in his second consecutive begin at quarterback?
He struggled early, however was placing collectively a pleasant drive within the second quarter earlier than taking place with a leg harm sustained on the finish of a 23-yard run. After sitting out a play, Zaire re-entered the sport, however as he tried to roll to his left on the following play, he collapsed with the injured leg and was carried out for the remainder of the day. The query now could be: will he return for the ultimate two video games of the season?
three. The UF protection has not touched the opposing quarterback previously two video games. Can the Gators get to Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley?
After failing to even get a quarterback stress within the loss to Missouri every week earlier, the Gators had been far more aggressive (and decided) to make Bentley uncomfortable within the pocket, and so they did at instances. UF bought after him from the beginning, sacking him thrice within the first half alone. The Gators bought their fingers on Bentley within the second half, however didn’t sack him.
four. Are the Gators going to go all the season with out recovering a fumble?
When a ball glances off the leg of a participant on the punt return workforce, it’s technically not a fumble as a result of there was no possession. But when the opposing workforce recovers it, it goes down within the stats as a recovered fumble (what else would you name it?). So, the Gators have now recovered a fumble this season. It got here when reserve linebacker Rayshad Jackson picked up a free ball after it touched the leg of a Carolina participant within the second quarter. As for the Florida protection, it nonetheless has but to get well a fumble this season.
5. Can the Gators get off to a greater begin than they did in opposition to Missouri and Georgia?
They talked all week about how important it was to get off to a greater begin, nevertheless it didn’t occur. Florida went three-and-out to open the sport, then South Carolina rapidly drove 74 yards for a landing to seize the lead and momentum lower than 4 minutes in. Carolina then went up 14-Zero late within the quarter, and UF appeared susceptible at that time. The distinction this time is the Gators didn’t let the early deficit snowball into an early rout. They hung in there and managed to remain within the recreation till the top.
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