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|09-30-2013, 02:08 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Acock's Wrap Up: UCF
UCF has shown it was a tough team, beat a decent Penn State team at their house, and had an entire week to game plan for what was to be their "super bowl." It had all the hallmarks of a dog fight.
It also proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that we're not the team we hoped we be this year. It is, as they say, what it is. More on that later.
Connor started off okay, but reverted back to holding on to the ball instead of letting it go. As a result he took off and ran too often and took a shot he didn't need to. Dylan came in and did reasonably well, but missed throws he usually makes and made some uncharacteristic mistakes. I hate that Connor's out, but Dylan usually steps up big time when he gets the majority of snaps in practice. I just hope and pray that Connor's injury isn't something that nags at him all year. He really deserves a full year for his last season.
Love seeing Davis get more than 20 carries. He put this team on his back in the second half and won the game for us. We're going to miss Wilds as it looks like Shon and Salley aren't ready to step up. I'd hate burning Williams' red shirt for this, but we need someone to give Davis a rest.
Dropped passes, not getting separation on routes, Shaq not playing... not a great outing for the wide outs. Great to see the TE's get more involved, as both Busta and Adams had some great catches. Nice to see Byrd reemerge, but Nick seemed to take a step back.
Most consistent unit on our team.
Think about that for a moment.
Man... I don't know. If it wasn't for the 3rd quarter this would be an F. No push up front, no stunts worth mentioning, can't hold gaps. I just have to face the fact that we have an average defensive line, which is weird because I thought we'd be awesome. No, I'm not blaming everything on Deke, but damn.
Bad angles, bad containment, and poor tackling form. If we don't improve Clemson is going to prison-sex rape us.
Disagree with me if you want, but other than a few busted plays, these guys played pretty well. The problem is that the few busted plays resulted in around 14 points.
The good news is that we're so consistently bad at special teams that I don't have to change the grade, I can just copy and paste from week to week.
Spurrier said last week that special teams would receive extra focus all week.
Work in progress Steve, work in progress...
I keep hoping to see signs that we're progressing on the sidelines, or in game planning for the other team... but it doesn't seem like we're really progressing. Signals are still getting in late, we keep having substitution issues, penalties at the wrong moment... This isn't all on the coaches, but we're not as disciplined as we should be and the team lacks leadership. On the plus side, the coaches made some great half-time adjustments. Baby steps.
We won a tough game on the road. We could have thrown in the towel, blamed each other, and let the crowd take us out of our game. Instead we buckled up, fought back, and came within 3 plays of blowing UCF out. That's at least something we can grow on. On the other hand, we show no signs of being able to knock somebody out when the opportunity presents itself. For the most part we shut UCF down in the second half, but couldn't do it when we absolutely had to. Kentucky showed fight against Louisville and Florida, but should be a perfect opportunity to finally put someone down the way we should.
It's really weird that we took one of the best teams in the country to the brink at their house, beat a decent Vandy team and UNC at home, and beat a talented UCF team on the road, yet it seems like people have already given up on us. I haven't given up by any means, but it seems pretty clear where we are right now as a team.
We're about 10 points different on the road .vs at home, which isn't good given the stretch we have coming up. We're not a top 10 team right now, but we have the talent to be if we can just get it together. I'm hoping that we see some adjustments on defense over the next few games that allow us to play a complete game. If we keep playing as sloppy as we have been, making mental errors, and don't improve special teams, we're a 3 to 4 loss team this year. That's not doom and gloom, that's just fact. On the other hand, if we settle down and play smart, we can win out.
Moving forward it looks like we're going to lean on Davis a lot more, which is a good thing. If we can get him 20 - 30 touches a game it will open the passing game up in a big way.
Honest question: If Davis hadn't fumbled, and we won the game 35 -18 would you be so upset? If not you need to adjust your attitude just a little, the same way our team needs to make the little adjustments that make that type of outcome possible.
Always remember... stay Feisty.