Monday, November 12, 2012
Film study: Gators vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 27-20 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
Block party 1
ULL blocks Kyle Christy's punt
The score: Florida leading 13-10 midway through the third quarter.
The situation: Fourth-and-10 at the Florida 41-yard line.
Why it didn’t work: DT Omar Hunter missed a block.
The breakdown: Florida is in punt formation, with P Kyle Christy standing on the 28-yard line. Hunter and OL Kyle Koehne are lined up side by side on the 35 as personal protectors. ULL WR Bradley Brown is lined up in the gap between long snapper Christopher Guido and the guard. DE Blake Comminie is lined up on the other side of Guido.
At the snap, Brown shoots the gap to Guido’s right untouched. Hunter takes a couple steps to his left to prevent any edge rushers from getting through. Brown fakes a step right and then heads straight for Christy. Comminie is at first blocked by LB Jon Bostic, but Bostic releases Comminie and heads down the field at the same time Brown gets by Hunter.
Brown dives in front of Christy and blocks the kick with his body. The ball bounces backwards, and Christy, S T.J. Worthy and RB Yobes Walker scramble for it at the 22. They end up on the ground, but Comminie comes in late and scoops up the ball and goes untouched for the touchdown.
Going forward: This hasn’t been an issue for the Gators so far this season, but it’s something future opponents might look to try. The Gators might make personnel changes at the personal-protector spot. At the very least, the Gators will practice it numerous times this week.
Jordan Reed’s big gain
Reed's 39-yard catch
The score: ULL leading 20-13 late in the fourth quarter.
The situation: Third-and-3 at the ULL 42-yard line.
Why it worked: QB Jacoby Brissett recognized that the Ragin’ Cajuns blew a coverage and got the ball to a wide-open Reed.
The breakdown: The Gators are in the shotgun with two receivers to the left, one to the right, and Reed lined up off LT D.J. Humphries. RB Mike Gillislee is in the backfield to Brissett’s right.
At the snap, Reed runs a seam pattern. LB Justin Anderson lets Reed get by and he’s wide open because the Ragin’ Cajuns are playing two deep safeties. Brissett lofts a pass to Reed. The ball is a bit underthrown and Reed has to turn around to catch it at the 17-yard line.
Worthy and S Trevence Patt converge on Reed at the 5-yard line and knock him to the ground at the 3 after a gain of 39 yards.
Going forward: The Gators have struggled to make vertical plays down the field, but maybe it’s time to start trying to stretch the field with Reed instead of the receivers. He’s a matchup problem for linebackers who can’t keep up with his speed.
Block party 2
UF blocks Brett Baer's punt
The score: Game tied 20-20 with 13 seconds remaining.
The situation: Fourth-and-3 at the ULL 34-yard line.
Why it worked: Loucheiz Purifoy came through untouched and got his hand on the ball.
The breakdown: The Ragin’ Cajuns are in punt formation. They line up with a big gap between the long snapper and right guard. UF overloads that area with four players: Purifoy, LB Antonio Morrison, RB Omarius Hines and S Valdez Showers.
At the snap, Purifoy races in untouched. TE Larry Pettis, one of three personal protectors, doesn’t move at first but sees Purifoy late. He makes a late effort to shove Purifoy, but Purifoy gets by him and swats Brett Baer’s punt with his right hand.
The ball ricochets off Purifoy’s hand toward the ULL sideline. LB Jelani Jenkins, who had lined up on the right side of the line of scrimmage, catches it at the 36 and runs untouched for the winning points with two seconds remaining.
Going forward: The Gators adjust their punt rush weekly based on what they see on film, and special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin devised this scheme after watching ULL film. He will continue to devise rushes that take advantage of Purifoy’s height and speed. He already has blocked two punts this season.