The Florida Gators’ 51-35 win over Ole Miss on Saturday produced a lot of offensive highlights — for both sides.
We’ll try to stick to the ones for the good guys in this post.
First, here’s Florida’s official highlights package. (Warning: Contains Ole Miss TDs.)
The official account also threw up a great field-level angle of Kadarius Toney’s 50-yard run in the first half.
But Toney’s greatest highlight might’ve been a much simpler one: A vicious spin on a whip route freed him for a key third-down conversion.
This route from Kadarius Toney pic.twitter.com/Bbsez8akNC— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 26, 2020
Florida’s running game was mostly an afterthought on the day, but it still produced a handful of highlights. Malik Davis trying to tear a defenders’ tendons was one of them.
Brett Heggie put a defender on a poster — and on the ground — on a powerful run block.
And redshirt freshman Nay’Quan Wright showed off his shiftiness on a nice catch-and-run late in the game.
And, yes, Florida’s defense made a couple of highlights happen despite hemorrhaging points and yards.
Linebacker Ventrell Miller — who looked notably faster, with the broadcast crew attributing that to his losing weight this offseason — put a pair of great clips on his reel on one series in the second quarter, tracking and tackling a runner in space and destroying a third-down run by solidly filling a gap.
Come for the 1st down stop by Ventrell Miller, stay for the 3rd down bundle job. pic.twitter.com/9xXZTctpJT— Brian Shacochis (aka Shack, aka Shacknado) (@DynastyTools) September 26, 2020
And the revamped Florida front seven made one of the day’s biggest plays in tandem early on, as Brenton Cox Jr. leapt to swap a Matt Corral pass and redirected it right to the chest of Gervon Dexter, helping to erase an Ole Miss drive that seemed destined for points.
Maybe the day’s most important clip came before the opening kickoff, though. Both teams — players, coaches, and staffers — kneeled down before the kick to “acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans.”
A showing of unity ❤️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 26, 2020
Players and coaches on both teams took a knee ahead of Florida vs. Ole Miss. pic.twitter.com/cKqCJkorpy
That, too, was worth some applause.