Florida Gators vs Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Neyland Stadium/Knoxville, TN
Score: Tennessee (38), Florida (28)
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
Jalen Hurd, RB, Junior: Hurd grinded out tough yards against a good defensive front totaling 95 rushing yards in the contest. While the yards per carry isn’t great, Hurd did exactly what he needed to do in terms of challenging with physicality, moving the sticks and winning the war of attrition with the Gators front 7. Hurd also had several positive reps in pass pro. Hurd also contributed as a receiver, hauling in a TD catch. Stock: Up
Josh Dobbs, QB, Senior: Dobbs, like the rest of the team, started extremely slow. His accuracy and internal clock were way off and he threw two interceptions that were simply poor decision with the football before turning it on early the third quarter to begin the comeback. From that point, Dobbs began hitting big play after big play by seeing the field well and getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers. Dobbs was also effective picking up yards with his feet. Dobbs made plays for his team down the stretch as he totaled 319 passing yards and 4 TD’s to go with 80 rushing yards and a TD. It wasn’t a complete performance for Dobbs but it was his best game so far this season. Stock: Slightly up
Josh Malone, WR, Junior: Malone put an early, costly drop behind him to make several key plays for the Vols offense to complete the comeback. The most notable play was on a vertical route which Malone snapped off with perfect timing to come back and haul in an easy completion for big gain. His biggest play came in the form of a well-run slant pattern to score from 42 yards out and give the Vols a 10 point lead. He showed impressive speed on burst on that rep after the catch. Stock: Up
Derek Barnett, DE, Junior: Barnett played his best game of the season and made several impact plays in the second half, taking over at times. He had an impressive TFL against the run by shooting the inside gap and finishing. He had 2 second half sacks where in both cases he showed excellent get off and shoulder dip to turn the corner and finish. He was his usual, physical self against the run by squeezing gaps and maintaining his run fits. Stock: Up
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Senior: Reeves-Maybin tried to give it a go but only played a few series due to injury.
Cam Sutton, CB, Senior: Did not play due to injury.
David Sharpe, OT, Junior: Sharpe played well in the first half but could not compete with Derek Barnett in the second half where Barnett was simply too quick off the ball for Sharpe to stay in front of. Sharpe did make a few nice blocks in space on screen plays but his overall performance was subpar. Stock: Down
Marcus Maye, S, Senior: Maye had an impressive pass breakup on a 4th goal where he drove on the football to disrupt at the catch point. He was a sound tackler in run support but did take a poor angle on the Josh Malone TD the enabled him to score. Stock: Same
Bryan Cox, DE, Senior: Cox was excellent in run defense and set a physical edge on the playside and keeping his shoulders square and sliding laterally to mitigate cutback lanes on the backside. He was able to generate some pressure on passing downs with power moves and effort. Stock: Same
Caleb Brantley, DT, Junior: Brantley showed an excellent first step and explosion out of his stance. He was able to work laterally and penetrate the LOS. There weren’t any notable impact plays but he showed good tools and quickness. Stock: Same
Jarrad Davis, LB, Senior: Davis had a below average game by his standards and looked slower than usual processing plays and reacting. He was also beat in coverage down the field by TE Ethan Wolf where Wolf was able to separate vertically for a touchdown. Stock: Down
Teez Tabor, CB, Junior: Tabor showed his playmaker mentality by getting to the football and looking to strip it when he isn’t the first to the ball and undercut a route early in the second half to secure an interception. He did have a few negative reps where he whiffed on a tackle in the boundary, bubbled a break and allowed separation to allow a 4th and 5 conversion and he got twisted around on a double move that resulted in a long TD pass that gave the Vols its first lead of the game. Stock: Down
Other Players that Flashed
Ethan Wolfe, TE, Tennessee, Junior: Wolfe had two early drops but bounced back to score a TD over Jarrad Davis on a vertical route to pull the Vols within 4 of the Gators in the early stages of the comeback.
Danny O’Brien, DT, Tennessee, Senior: This was the best game I saw from O’Brien. He was able to penetrate the LOS and come up with a few stops against the run. He played with good energy and was a bit of a spark plug for the defensive line.
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida, Junior: Wilson secured an impressive interception on a 3rd and goal from the 5 where be beat the receiver to the spot on an in breaking route to create a turnover.
Best Players on the Field
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
David Sharpe, OT, Florida
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida