Posted: 10:05 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
Looking the part of game manager against the Toledo Rockets, Jeff Driskel did what he was asked to do going 17 for 22 and a touchdown. Driskel didn't shine, but he wasn't bad either. He was efficient, managed the game to perfection and didn't try to do too much. He did add eight rushes for 19 yards but you could tell that the coaching staff was trying to preserve his legs for the rest of the season.
During this review, we'll also look at Kelvin Taylor and Valdez Showers, who both subbed in at running back due to a lack of depth at the position because Matt Jones was out with a viral infection. Taylor finished the day with five carries for 43 yards and Showers added two carries for 31 yards.
They both looked good, as Taylor reminded people of his father and Showers showed why the coaches moved him to the offensive side of the ball over the summer. Showers did add four receptions for 23 yards, so it's not like all he did was run the ball.
Play No. 1: Showers' 29 yard run
Showers' first carry of the game was worth the wait, as Showers will take the pitch after the fake handoff to Hunter Joyer. Also note that the play will be to the weak side of the defense as you can see that Toledo is stacked to the left side.
As the fake handoff to Joyer occurs, you can see that there are two defenders who are playing assignment football correctly. But Showers shows his speed and will evade them and get down the field.
Showers gets the edge easily and is off to the races. Showers even looks to be a great change of pace/scat back going forward so we'll see how much his playing time he gets as the season moves on.
Play No. 2: Taylor's 27 yard run
What's surprising here is that the Toledo defense has seven defenders in the box (they're clearly expecting run), but as the play develops you can see that they are expecting a run up the middle. Taylor on the other hand has other ideas.
How great of a player is Joyer? The Gators as of late have had some great fullbacks and he's just another one of them in the line. He gets a great block here behind the line of scrimmage (yellow square).
He's got speed too. A great burst at the line means that Taylor blows by a diving defender which leads to this...
How great it is to see the name Taylor on the back of a No. 21 jersey?
Play No. 3: Driskel is sacked by Cheatham Morris
Driskel is going to attempt a three-step drop, but the blitzing defense of Toledo has other ideas for him. This is also a perfect example of why Brown is the backup running back and not the starter.
This play is probably the only thing that Brown did wrong the entire game. He is supposed to pick up the edge blocker, but he's too concerned with heading out and catching a pass that he doesn't even think about picking up the block. These plays are usually timed in such a way that if Brown doesn't see anybody to block in a set amount of time that he is supposed to head out for a pass.
Once Brown heads out for the pass (yellow line) it allows the defender (green circle) a clear path to Driskel. There is nothing Driskel could have done differently here, aside from maybe hanging onto the football. Luckily for Brown and the Gators, the good guys recovered the fumble.
Play No. 4: Driskel's 4 yard touchdown pass to Gideon Ajagbe
All this play is, is a quick roll out to the right. Ajagbe won't have a defender within 10 yards of him and will be wide open at around the five yardline.
Okay, so maybe there is a defender within 10 yards and Driskel didn't have to roll out as much as the play called for, but who can complain? If it's open that early, take it. Also, there are some good blocks around the line of scrimmage.
And the fans are excited. I like it.
We'll have some things on the defense tomorrow, but on this Labor Day it's about the rest of the offense. Driskel looked good, he maybe could have done a few things differently (I think he had one, maybe two at the most throws that were bad) and Showers and Taylor looked like they will be involved in the offense for a long time.