November 4, 2007

Insider Blog: Grading the Gators

During spring practice unveiled a new feature - a blog updated periodically by members of the staff. Included will be tidbits, rants, raves, opinions, etc… on the athletic programs at the University of Florida as well as recruiting and sports in general.

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Player of the Game: This was by far the most difficult decision of the year. Do we go with Tim Tebow who added to his nation leading passing efficiency totals while accounting for five more touchdowns on Saturday or will it be Percy Harvin who just happened to become the first player in 101 years of Florida football to tally over 100 yards receiving and rushing in the same game? It was close, but it has to be Harvin by a hair.

Player on the Rise: One more category where two players are deserving of mention. While Jarred Fayson once again did well with his limited touches, it's hard to overlook the contribution of Kestahn Moore, who pulled himself out of the fumble induced doghouse to contribute 85-yards on just 10 carries.

Player on the Decline: These days Gator fans are more likely to see Cornelius Ingram on the back of a milk cartoon than they are on the receiving end of a pass. The dilemma for the Gators is, who do you take touches away from to get the ball to Ingram?

Grade: Coming into the game the Vanderbilt defense was among the stingiest in the nation, giving up an average of 301-yards per game. The Gators totaled 358-yards in the first half alone. Florida converted 60% of their third down attempts and only punted twice all day on the way to a A- grade.

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