Sunday, May 20, 2018
Colleges

Loss to Georgia Bulldogs can be learning experience, Florida Gators say

GAINESVILLE — It didn't take a whole lot of film review for Florida QB Jeff Driskel to recognize the major problem in Saturday's 17-9 loss to Georgia. The six turnovers pretty much said it all, which is why Driskel said the best thing he and the rest of the Gators can do is move on.

"We're going to have to bounce back," Driskel said. "That's a big loss. Obviously we're disappointed, our fans are disappointed. But we've got to get back to work. You learn from your mistakes. You watch the film, you get your coaching points and you move on and try not to make the same mistakes twice."

Florida will host Missouri on Saturday.

The Gators are No. 8 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP poll and fell from No. 2 to No. 7 in the BCS standings.

The Gators have concerns beyond Saturday's turnovers. Florida has given up 26 sacks this season — five in the Georgia game. Its run game has stalled. In the past two games, the Gators have run for 190 yards on 89 carries. And Florida had only three pass completions to receivers in the game, which WR Frankie Hammond said is a reflection of the pressure Driskel is facing.

"When they bring pressure it basically turns into a quick game," Hammond said. "You definitely don't have time to run a 20-yard route because he doesn't have time."

DEFENDING JORDAN REED: Of UF's turnovers Saturday, the lasting image is of the last one: junior TE Jordan Reed being stripped by Georgia's Jarvis Jones as he attempted to leap into the end zone with 2:05 to play. By Monday morning Gators players and coach Will Muschamp weren't happy that Reed shouldered the burden of the loss.

"The guy was trying to make a play," Muschamp said. "I'm never going to disrupt a guy from trying to make a play. Does he need to have better ball security? Sure. However you do that, just have better ball security. No one player or one play lost the game, at the end of the day. The guy was trying to make a play, a guy who plays with great effort and passion. He made a couple of really nice plays on the drive. We would not be in that position if it weren't for him. It's easy to sit and criticize when you're sitting in the stands. Get in the arena and play."

SEASON OVER: Florida WR Solomon Patton's season has ended after he broke his left upper arm Saturday. Patton was injured with 7:38 left in the first quarter as he was being tackled. He is expected to return in the spring. LT Xavier Nixon and LG James Wilson both suffered twisted knees but are expected to practice today. DL Damien Jacobs (hip) could practice Wednesday. Senior LB Lerentee McCray (ankle) is probable for the game.

AWARD LISTS: Florida S Matt Elam was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player) and one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back). RB Mike Gillislee is among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award (nation's outstanding player).

Antonya English can be reached at [email protected]

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