Florida vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Theater of Operations: Jeff Driskel, Gators' offense struggle

Al Messerschmidt

The Florida Gators offense struggled once again, this time against the vaunted defense of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. In this review, we'll focus on the offense that was run with Jeff Driskel under center.

The Florida Gators offense finally got itself going again. Sort of.

When you're doing as bad as the Gators offense has lately, over 300 yards against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' defense is a good thing. The Gators racked up 149 rushing and 162 yards passing in their 27-20 victory on Saturday.

It was also a game in which both Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett played. Driskel went 13 of 16 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Brissett, who came in when Driskel went down with a leg injury, ended up going 6 of 8 for for 64 yards and a touchdown.

As for the running game, well, the downward spiral continued. Mike Gillislee rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries, while Driskel accounted for 76 yards on 12 carries. And yes, it was Driskel who once again led the team in rushing.

Play No. 1: Driskel's 22-yard run

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Back to the zone read option offense! Driskel is going give the hand off to Gillislee, but pull it back and take off running to the left side of the offense. Trey Burton, who is standing next to Driskel, will become the lead blocker on the play.

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You can see here that right after keeping the ball that Driskel and the Gators have the advantage. There are blockers already out there and he's still got Burton if needed.

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The edge is sealed by some great blocks by the receivers. Driskel will end up getting the first down rather easily, but the next 10 yards or so will end up requiring some cutting, shifting and other evasive maneuvers.

Play No. 2: Driskel's 30-yard pass to Jordan Reed

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Reed on a deep crossing route? Yeah, I'll take that matchup every time.

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As Driskel is getting ready throw the ball, he's given a great pocket to throw from. The offensive line did their job on this play.

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The throw is slightly high, but Reed makes the catch in stride and will get about 7-8 yards more on the play. The really great thing about this play is that Reed didn't fumble.

Play No. 3: Driskel's touchdown pass to Burton

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If there is anything that Burton is best at, it is quick routes that enable him to use his quickness to his advantage. This route, as a result, is perfect for him.

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Burton's stutter and shift motion draws the defender into thinking the play is going to be heading the other way.

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Wide open for the touchdown.

Play No. 4: Driskel's 24 yard run

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This is the exact same play as play No. 1 that we profiled above, the only difference being that it is run to the other side of the field.

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The exact same.

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I refuse to sound like Bob Costas, because I think he's the worst sportscaster on the planet (even worse than Brent Musburger), so I'll refrain from saying anything more. Other than ... you know, it's still the same play.

I really don't know how many points the offense would have scored had Driskel not suffered his ankle injury, but what I do know is that the Gators are better off when he is playing quarterback. I also don't really care at all who is playing quarterback this Saturday against Jacksonville State.

All I care about is who is playing quarterback on November 24.

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