Florida Gators v Kentucky Wildcats
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Ben HIll Griffin Stadium/Gainesville, FL
Score: Florida 45, Kentucky 7
NOTE: Only 2017 draft eligible players noted
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
David Sharpe, OT, Junior: Sharpe is a player that popped for me when watching Florida last season. He has the ideal offensive tackle frame and fairly good movements skills. Against Kentucky, he had a few notable blocks in space to spring ball carriers and created adequate space in the run game. Sharpe has to develop some consistency with his pass blocking sets and his footwork within his kickslide. Nothing I saw today indicates he should be considering declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Stock: Same
Cameron Dillard, C, Junior: Dillard showed the ability to function laterally and work his hips to seal off backside gaps and create lanes on the playside. In pass protection Dillard displayed a strong anchor and patience to set the proper depth of the pocket. Stock: Same
Teez Tabor, CB, Junior: Tabor was a standout on a dominant defensive performance from the Gators. Displaying outstanding press technique, Tabor made it difficult for receivers off the line of scrimmage and disrupted the timing of routes. Tabor was physical through the stem, often pinning routes against the sideline. Tabor showed tremendous ball skills and aggression on his interception in which he broke on a screen pass to secure the turnover. Stock: Same, slightly up
Macus Maye, S, Senior: Maye was his typical self, flying downhill and attacking in the box and in the boundary with ascertion. Maye also showcased his open field tackling skills by shutting down RB Boom Williams when he broke past the 2nd level on one occasion. Securing an interception, Maye showed sound zone coverage reactionary skills and properly read the QB’s eyes to take him to an off-target throw and haul in the pick. Stock: Same, slightly up
Jarrad Davis, LB, Senior: Davis showed the skills I expected him to show by processing plays quickly and getting to the football. There were a few occasions in the early parts of the game where Davis slightly over pursued on the playside and the Wildcats were able to achieve solid gains on cutback runs but Davis corrected that and made a few plays working back across the playdesign. Davis showed good burst on a few reps to get out into the boundary and make physical tackles. Stock: Same
Caleb Brantley, DT, Junior: Brantley didn’t fill up the stat sheet or make splash plays but he was part of a collective, outstanding defensive effort. Brantley maintained his run fits and also showed the ability to penetrate and reset the line of scrimmage. His quickness off the ball and play strength continue to look very good. Stock: Same
Bryan Cox, DE, Senior: Like Brantley, Cox didn’t do anything flashy but showcased his above-average play strength by holding a strong edge on run plays. Stock: Same
Jon Toth, C, Senior: Regarded as the Wildcats top prospect, Toth was lackluster like the rest of the team. The entire offense having no rhythm made it difficult for him to function, much less impress. Toth looks good on the hoof and has functional mobility but this wasn’t the contest to draw conclusions from.
Marcus McWilson, S, Senior: Whether it was big plays or matriculating the ball down the field, the Gators offense had their way with Kentucky. McWilson had 3 tackles but it’s hard to gauge his ability to fulfill assignments when the entire unit is out of synch.
Coutney Miggins, DE, Senior: Miggins played both inside and outside with little effectiveness. Miggins has marginal play strength and no technique to get off blocks.
Other Players that Flashed
Jordan Sherit, EDGE, Florida, RS Sophomore: Sherit recorded five tackles and two sacks while demonstrating his skills to slip blocks and relentlessly pursue the passer. I’m curious to see how he progresses this season.
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida, Junior: Like Tabor, Wilson was dominant in press coverage and physical throughout route stems making it very difficult for receivers to find space. He recorded a beautiful interception by pinning the route against the sideline and coming back underneath the route to secure the pick.
Best Players on the Field
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
Teez Tabor CB, Florida
Courtney Miggins, DE, Kentucky
Drew Barker, QB, Kentucky (2-10, 10 yards, 3 INT)