ESPN and FloridaGators.com have Brenton Cox with .5 TFLs. I saw his now deleted twitter post begging for attention claiming 2.5. Glad you’ve upped it to 3. Both sites only have a total of 2 tfls for the game for your entire defense. Football vs Utah on 9/3/2022 - Box Score - Florida Gators
He’s a gifted athlete but this is exactly what I was talking about - he’s all about stats and personal glory and not about doing the right thing for his team. On Utah’s second to last td drive (to go up 19-14), he crashed on the RB and the qb pulled it and picked up 20+ yards. The next play Cox rushed too deep and left a giant hole that their rb ran right through for the easy td. A good OC sees Cox as someone to exploit, not someone to fear.
Utah isn’t a bad team, so good win. They return 18 starters from a Rose Bowl team that gave up 48 to Ohio St and couldn’t make a stop in the second half or score on their last drive when they needed a W. Sound familiar? They panicked against Ohio and they panicked against Florida when it counted.
People were picking them in the playoffs because who else is on their schedule? They play in the PAC-12. Someone also picked NC State to make the playoffs. Everyone tires of hearing Bama, Ohio, Clemson, uga in the playoffs during talking season, so pundits say crazy things to get views and clicks. Welcome to the internet age, it’s been going on for a while.
AR’s good, but that’s my point. Utah didn’t seem to scheme against him at all. They acted like they didn’t expect him to be a gifted athlete. So, play a defense that knows AR is good and some of that is negated. If Utah takes away AR’s running then he’s left with less than 175 passing. Didn’t exactly torch their secondary. They probably have a better secondary than us, but we have some young guys sitting the bench as well. Turnage was a Bama to uga to Tennessee transfer at CB that can’t get on the field because of talent in front of him. James Pearce is gonna be the next great OLB/edge at UT, getting minutes as a true freshman. We’re hopeful our D grows as well.
I’m just saying that Florida’s win wasn’t perfect. Utah was throwing into the end zone from the 3 to win the game. It took a terrible pass from their qb to not at least go to overtime. I’d say Utah lost the game more than Florida won.