Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida-Charleston Southern

Florida Gators players including running back Malik Davis (20), sing the fight song after the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on September 1, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Florida Gators players including running back Malik Davis (20), sing the fight song after the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on September 1, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published September 1 2018

We knew RB Malik Davis would be available for the opener, but it was still impressive to see the Jesuit High alumnus on the field, 10 months after suffering a severe knee injury against Georgia. He was the second running back to touch the ball, after Jordan Scarlett.

Given the enthusiasm I've sensed from fans about the start of the Dan Mullen era, it was a little surprising to see so many empty seats for his debut. Chalk that up to the nationwide trend of declining attendance and an atrocious opponent. Consider this a reminder to schedule more big-name non-conference games on campus.

One tangible effect of the new redshirt rule (allowing players to appear in four games without burning it): Players like early enrollee Emory Jones got to see action. Jones looked like a freshman, fumbling his first drop back.

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