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Florida vs. Tennessee: Breaking down personnel groupings and production

Florida keeps rolling along — partly because it’s sticking to what it does best.

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Everybody was worried about the Alabama hangover. We heard it all week: “Can’t let a team beat you twice” and the like.

Florida came into last Saturday’s game as an 18- to 20-point favorite, depending on your bookmaker. Tennessee was a popular choice to cover such a large spread with the Gators coming off their showdown with Alabama.

And through about one and a half quarters, that looked to be the right play. Tennessee’s pace and wide splits by the receivers caused a couple of issues on the back end for the Gators — more on that later in the film review — and the Vols had some guys running wide open to paydirt.

However, after going down 14-10, Florida rallied with 28 unanswered points to put the game away — and cover that large spread.

Let’s take a look at the personnel groupings the Gators used to get their first SEC win of the 2021 season.

Personnel Groupings: Florida vs. Tennessee

Florida vs. Tennessee: Personnel + Performance

Personnel Grouping Plays Yards YPP Rushes Yard YPR Passes Yards YPA
Personnel Grouping Plays Yards YPP Rushes Yard YPR Passes Yards YPA
11 58 443 7.64 34 248 7.29 24 195 8.13
12 10 62 6.2 6 35 5.83 4 27 6.75
Total 68 505 7.43 40 283 7.075 28 222 7.93

11 Personnel

11 personnel remains Florida’s base grouping. This unit was on the field for 58 (85%) of snaps against Tennessee. They gained 443 yards or 7.64 yards per play. This group was more effective through the air on a per play basis. Florida averaged almost a yard more per pass attempt (8.13) than rush attempt (7.29).

12 Personnel

After playing the entire Alabama game in 11 personnel, the Gators decided to break the 12 personnel grouping back out. Florida played with both Kemore Gamble and Keon Zipperer on 10 (15%) of snaps against Tennessee. This grouping ws much more successful than it had been in prior games. The Gators gain 62 yards with this group, or 6.2 yards per play. Florida was again better in yards per pass attempt (6.75) than they were in yards per rush (5.83)

Season to Date

Florida Personnel + Performance: Through Week 4

Personnel Group Total Plays Yards Yards Per Play Total Rushes Run % Rushing Yards Yards Per Rush Total Passes Pass % Passing Yards Yards Per Pass
Personnel Group Total Plays Yards Yards Per Play Total Rushes Run % Rushing Yards Yards Per Rush Total Passes Pass % Passing Yards Yards Per Pass
11 226 1522 6.73 133 59% 916 6.89 93 41% 606 6.52
12 21 111 5.29 14 67% 68 4.86 7 33% 43 6.14
13 1 0 0 0 0% 1 100% 0 0
20 6 16 2.67 3 50% -2 -0.67 3 50% 18 6
Emory Total 254 1649 6.49 150 59% 982 6.55 104 41% 667 6.41
11-AR 30 436 21.3 20 80% 319 15.95 10 20% 117 11.7
12-AR 1 75 75 0 0% 0 1 100% 75 75
13-AR 2 2 1 2 100% 2 1 0
20-AR 1 1 1 1 100% 1 1 0
AR Total 34 514 15.12 23 73% 322 14 11 32% 192 17.45
Total 288 2163 7.51 173 60.07% 1304 7.54 115 39.93% 859 7.47

11 Personnel

For the season, Florida has been in 11 personnel on 88.89% of snaps. This group has gained 90.5% of Florida’s yards this season and is averaging 7.65 yards per play. There’s a good reason this is the base personnel.

12 Personnel

12 is not only Florida’s second most used personnel grouping, it is also the only other one with any production. The Gators have been in 12 on 7.64% of snaps this season. The unit has gained 8.6% of Florida’s yards this season and is averaging 8.45 yards per play. That Figure is greatly buoyed by Anthony Richardson’s 75 yard touchdown pass against USF. EVen without that play, this is still Florida’s second most successful grouping.

13 Personnel

This group has only been used in the low redzone. They have only been on the field 3 times and have gained only 2 yards.

20 Personnel

This group saw its only action in game one against FAU. 20 has only seen the field for 7 snaps and has only gained 17 yards.


It’s quite apparent what personnel groupings Florida prefers at this point. With how productive the backs have been, it will be interesting to see if Florida breaks 20 personnel out again sometime this season. That group could provide a nice change-up down the road.

Whatever Coach Mullen and staff decide to do, we’ll keep tracking it every week.