Gators expect TAMU to resemble Bowling Green in some ways
Shortly after the Gators' 27-14 win over Bowling Green this past Saturday, the Florida defensive players expressed their frustration over Bowling Green's success with the short, quick passes of QB Matt Schilz and screens which hampered Florida's attempts at a consistent pass rush.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said he expects Texas A&M to imiplement a similar offense this week.
“That's what they do, that's who they are,'' Muschamp said. "The ball's out quick, they get the ball in space and let guys try to make plays. You've got to tackle well, you've got to stop their run and part of their run is their screen game. They say it's a pass, but it's really, that's part of what their run game is, is their bubbles, their quick screens and the different ways they get the ball to their playmakers. The ball's out quick, so you can't get frustrated in the game. I think we did a little bit early in the Bowling Green game with pressure because you're going to have a hard time getting there when the ball's out that quick.”
The Gators were 5-of-16 on third down conversions against Bowling Green, something Muschamp said has to improve.
"Do we want to do better on 3rd and short? Yeah, we do,'' Muschamp said. "A lot better. So, we need to get more creative in those situations. Certainly, we can and we will. Again, I said it after the game, you can put that on me. I told Brent (Pease, offensive coordinator) what I wanted, and I wanted to make sure we played a certain way in the game, and I've never had any doubt in my mind that the outcome of the game was going to happen. We were playing well on both lines of scrimmage. Take away the 3rd-and-shorts, very disappointed in the results with those. You extend those drives and you're talking about probably another 12 to 14 plays in the game. But at the end of the day, we didn't make them, and we need to. So, we'll be more obviously creative with what we're trying to do as far as play-calling is concerned with formations and shifts.”