The loss of tight end Jake McGee was huge. McGee tore his tibia and fibula in the first game against Eastern Michigan, which sidelined him for the rest of the season. McGee was supposed to be a huge playmaker and a reliable target for Jeff Driskel. His loss was glaring after Tevin Westbrook dropped an easy one-yard TD pass that would’ve put the Gators up late in the fourth against LSU. Westbrook had one catch yesterday (what a surprise), and Clay Burton had zero. Florida’s tight end position is a huge joke.
Andre Debose is an under-utilized weapon. Dare I say it, but Debose reminded me of another Gators wide receiver last night: Percy Harvin. Debose was legitimately scary last night when he touched the ball. He has been with the Gators six years and is finally fully healthy. Every time he touched the ball last night, he was a threat to score. That is exactly what the Gators are missing right now — a playmaker. Debose should be used more in the offense. Bubble screens, handoffs, slants, whatever gets the ball out of Driskel’s hands immediately needs to be explored. Debose has the speed to outrun opposing defenses — give him the ball.
With a chance to save his job, Jeff Driskel failed. Three critical turnovers, underthrown passes, overthrown passes and questionable decisions does not equal starting quarterback duties. Driskel accounted for 83 percent of the Gators offense last night. He had 254 total yards, 183 passing, 71 rushing, while the team gained 306. However, when it mattered most, Driskel forced a ball into double coverage, which was intercepted, leading to the game-winning FG. Not to mention, he let Latroy Pittman get destroyed on the play. Treon Harris sat with offensive coordinator Kurt Roper in the coaches box last night, which only tells me he is getting him ready to take over the team. Driskel’s days are numbered.