November 18, 2007

Insider Blog: Grading the Gators

Player of the Game: A funny thing happened on the way to honoring Tim Tebow with this distinction for the umpteenth time this year - he had (by his standards) a so-so game on Saturday (25-of-34-338-yards 3-touchdowns & 1-interception). It might not have mattered what he did anyway, because it would be hard to overlook the record setting performance of Andre Caldwell (13-catches for 164-yards). He had the season reception record in his back pocket so early, it's surprising they didn't keep feeding him the ball to get him the single game reception record as well (15 catches).

Player on the Rise: After not doing much to date, tight end Aaron Hernandez has come on like gangbusters the last two games. With his size and ability, the shovel pass has become a weapon in the Gator offense.

Player on the Decline: While he did score two touchdowns from close range, Kestahn Moore was a non-factor in the offense (5 carries for 24 yards) for the second week in a row.

Grade: 59 points, converting 6-of-6 times in the redzone and over 500 yards of offense is normally enough to earn the team an A+ - but not today. Florida just seemed a bit off kilter. After starting the day off on a positive note - they stalled somewhat offensively, while never being able to establish themselves on the ground. Overall, though the point total was impressive, the grade (B+) reflects the overall effort.

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