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Compare and Contrast the Cats vs. Gators

Florida didn’t shock and awe in its pedestrian 24-7 win over UMass but never doubt that its roster isn’t stocked full of NFL prospects. This post will cover its depth chart and statistic comparison with the Cats. As a bonus we’ll throw in a “How the Cats win” and “How the Cats lose” segment:


Florida’s strengths lie within its defense and special teams. The Gator’s offense struggled mightily down the stretch a year ago and didn’t exactly torch the turf last Saturday against UMass. Jim McElwain lamented about his offensive line playing without energy. Expect a dialed in group of big fellas on Saturday as it blocks for three power backs: Mike Thompson (6’2 242), Jordan Scarlett (5’11 198), and Jordan Cronkite (5’11 205).

A significantly large portion of 2015’s offensive woes were a byproduct of ineffective quarterback play. It appears that the twice-transferred QB Luke Del Rio may be the solution. Del Rio’s numbers against UMass: 29-44, 256 yards and 2 TD’s. His backup is another transfer, Austin Appleby.

Antonio Calloway leads a fast yet recently underutilized receiving corps. Calloway led the team in receptions with 8; Brandon Powell registered 7 as both scored a touchdown in the season opener. Del Rio will also heavily rely on tight end DeAndre Goolsby as the Gators trended towards possession routes instead of focusing on the home run. That theory was proven through Del Rio’s low yards-per-attempt average of 5.8 yards.

Florida has one of the best defenses in college football. Its led by three Phil Steele All Americans: cornerback Jalen Tabor, linebacker Jarrad Davis, and safety Marcus Maye. Highly dangerous sophomore pass rusher CeCe Jefferson is joined by Bryan Cox Jr, Caleb Brantley, Joey Ivey, and Jabari Zuniga on the defensive front. The redshirt freshman Zuniga led the defensive charge with 2 QB sacks and 2 tackles for loss last Saturday.



The Cats will fly south with hopes of breaking an embarrassing losing streak. It will also need to overcome the recent memory of a heartbreaking and unfathomable home loss to Southern Miss. The Cats can’t afford to lose to USM twice. In actuality, the Southern Miss offense is more threatening than what it will see in the Swamp. But on the other side of the ball Drew Barker and company will face a grave test as they go against the first of five nationally ranked defenses on the 2016 schedule.


Slow the run, tackle, and play four full quarters of offense.


Don’t slow the run, miss tackles, and play only two quarters of offense.

Simple scouting report. 

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

12 Comments for Compare and Contrast the Cats vs. Gators

  1. Sticky Ceiling
    12:23 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    “…and play four full quarters of offense”
    touché, good sir, touché.

  2. BluKudzu
    12:24 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    How UK wins: play better defense than Florida
    How UK loses: not playing better defense than Florida.
    Spread is at 17 today. Likely to go to 18 prior to game time due to the lack of Kentucky money.

  3. kycats13
    12:33 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    You forgot to compare Coaching and Halftime adjustmets.

  4. Patches
    1:23 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    This is a Gator blowout over an inept team with the worst coaching in the nation.

    • KentuckyFootballFan
      2:49 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      That’s an ignorant statement. Learn your stuff before you start talking about coaches.

    • Patches
      3:13 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      Ignorant? Where you been the last 3 years? Proof is in the results, as this staff has yet to produce one good offensive or defensive line. Your the one who needs to learn.

    • Craig Sagers Suits
      3:45 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      Patches has a point in both comments. I also agree with the guy that says Stoops owes him 400 bucks for a TV too. In fact, Stoops should have to pay everyone who bought a ticket to each game back as well for the shoddy results we’ve seen.

  5. Howdy Doody
    1:57 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    It will get ugly early. Better cover up the flat screens ….

  6. W1ldCats4Life
    2:12 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe I’m wrong here, but the picture in this article alone speaks volumes….I’ve yet to see our coaches sustain that type of intensity. Players aren’t going to change what they’re doing if someone doesn’t get in their A$$ to make them do so. They are kids…I would have come unglued in the 2nd half…and I never saw a shot of any of the coaches doing so. I think that’s some of what is troubling the fans….our coaches had confusion, disbelief, and fear on their faces. Players see that, and replicate that on the field at all levels of play. Coaches don’t necessarily have to be a-holes, but it’s not their job to be nice guys either…they need to win and make the players win. Getting in someone’s face and motivating them to do better or sit down and play someone else will go a long way….regardless of depth. They all want to get to the next level and you can’t do that if you’re on the bench.

    • secrick
      2:57 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      I agree, get in their faces and blow them out every once and a while when they need it.

    • SoCalCat
      6:10 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink