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One on One: Florida Offensive Line vs. Kentucky’s Front Seven

FLORIDA OFFENSIVE LINE

Overview: Florida’s offensive line is coached by Mike Summers. Summers was on Joker Phillips’ Kentucky staff before landing at UF following a stint at Southern Cal. Summers is highly regarded in coaching circles. However, the group has certainly not overachieved during his tenure. OL struggles can be blamed on youth, injury, and attrition. The offensive line isn’t Florida’s only offensive concern as it finished 12th in the SEC’s total offense category by averaging 334 yards and 23 points per game a year ago.

Head Coach Jim McElwain put his big fellas on blasted by saying they lacked energy during its opening game. The Gators racked up 21 first downs by converting 9/17 on third down. However, it didn’t impress offensively and moved out of the Top 25 after beating UMass 24-7 in the Swamp. The left side of the offensive line is the definite strength of the group and features guard Martez Ivey and tackle David Sharpe. The right side remains a work in progress.

RT – 74 Frederick Johnson, 6’6, 305

RG – 64 Tyler Jordan, 6’4, 292

C – 54 Cameron Dillard, 6’4, 308

LG – 73 Martez Ivey, 6’5, 302

LT – 78 David Sharpe, 6’6, 355

Tale of the Tape: 6’5, 312

Accolades: Coming out of Apopka High School guard Martez Ivey was arguably the nation’s top recruit hasn’t disappointed during his two years in Gainesville. The Freshman All SEC performer was named to several preseason all-conference lists going into this season. Phil Steele also lists left tackle David Sharpe as Third-Team All-SEC.

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KENTUCKY FRONT SEVEN

Overview: Prior to, and following DT Regie Meant’s fall camp departure, front seven worry resonated. Those preseason concerns became a reality during a 44-35 opening game loss against Southern Miss. Frustratingly, USM totaled yards 520 yards with 262 coming on the ground. NT Matt Elam played over 70 snaps; far too many for his position. DL depth continues to be a significant concern. Jordan Jones is the nation’s and SEC’s leading tackler with 19 in week one. From Florida and beyond, LB anxiety should lessen as the front 3 are now the most central and questionable unit on the team.

DE – 94 Courtney Miggins, 6’5, 290

NT – 69 Matt Elam, 6’7, 360

DT – 99 Adrian Middleton, 6’3, 303

LB/DE – 35 Denzil Ware, 6’2, 255

LB – 51 Courtney Love, 6’2, 245

LB – 41 Josh Allen, 6’5, 235

LB – 34 Jordan Jones, 6’2, 220

Tale of the Tape: Defensive Line, 6’5 317. Linebackers, 6’2 238

Accolades: No player was listed on preseason All SEC or any other award watch lists.

Florida certainly has a copy of the UK-USM game. Jim McElwain will most likely utilize multiple tight end sets and run directly at the Wildcat defensive line and extend the perimeter with outside zone-reads. Both severely hurt the Cats a week ago. The Gators are in need of a bounce back offensive game in which it can showcase offensive line improvement. It’s easy to imagine UF shortening the game by leaning heavily on a rushing attack.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

6 Comments for One on One: Florida Offensive Line vs. Kentucky’s Front Seven



  1. derichgail
    1:18 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    I looked at the forecast and see a 20% chance of rain. I say its hot, humid and well Florida. the boys better get hydrated now!



  2. Kyblue34
    1:48 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    None of our D-lineman even came close to demanding a double team from Southern Miss OL. Elam is as tough as a marshmallow. Our only shot of putting pressure on the Florida QB is blitzing 2-3 players at a time, but I’m not confident that Eliot has the balls to do that.



    • afootballguy
      2:06 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

      @Kyblue34,
      Definitely agree with your take on the DL. When things seem to be going downhill for us defensively (or any football team for that matter) I key my focus on the DL and see what sort of push they’re getting off the ball. I watched Elam specifically on a number of snaps and he NEVER had any sort of push on Southern Miss’s OL. There’s no telling what a positive play-maker he could be if he could keep his feet moving when he makes contact with his size. Granted, they had reason to be tired as heck because those guys were on the field for 90% of the second half.

      All of that said, I’m glad Stoops is making some adjustments to work some additional bodies in on the DL and hoping that will help us plug some holes and do what we’re capable of with our defensive front. I think we’re going to go down to the swamp and play with a chip on our shoulders and compete with those guys!



  3. derichgail
    1:55 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    According to FL fans they are suspect of their OL. Not typical FL line so that is encouraging. Some are worried about it. I watched the Umass game and noticed that they had success running to the outside. I know Gran preaches N/S running, but Umass had a considerably slower RB and was finding some success. I was watching thinking if Boom had those angles he would have gotten 10 yds easy. I feel our TEs will be a huge part of our offense this game. It is a good thing we didnt use Conrad last game bc Macboy wont be able to see that one coming.



  4. secrick
    3:15 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    Gloom and doom from Freddie, not blaming him . He just calling like he see’s it, but dam it’s depressing.



  5. WhyNot4-3
    3:21 pm September 8, 2016 Permalink

    Are Stoops and Eliot so convinced that a 3-4 defense is best that they will use it regardless of our player personnel? If our D-line is weak, thin, and inexperienced…SO the 4-3 seems to make since. Add a D-lineman, simplify gaps and assignments, and let our secondary to do its thing! It puts our best pass rusher’s hands on the ground, allows our LB’s to make tackles, and plays to our secondary strength. Why not at least give it a try?!?