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Monday, November 26, 2012
Film study: Gators vs. Florida State

By Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 37-26 victory over Florida State on Saturday.

Manuel to O’Leary

FSU cuts into UF's lead

The score: Florida leading 13-3 early in the third quarter.

The situation: Third-and-goal at the Florida 6-yard line.

Why it didn’t work: FSU TE Nick O’Leary got behind LB Jelani Jenkins and UF’s blitz wasn’t able to get to QB E.J. Manuel.

The breakdown: FSU was in shotgun formation with one receiver to the left, two receivers to the right, and O’Leary lined up an inline tight end next to RT Menelik Watson. The Gators were in man coverage with two safeties.

At the snap, O’Leary releases and is picked up by Jenkins. LB Jon Bostic blitzes from the right side of the defensive formation to give the Gators five rushers, but he is picked up by RB Devonta Freeman. O’Leary and Jenkins make contact at the 3-yard line, where O’Leary shoves Jenkins to his right.

That allows O’Leary to get past Jenkins and into the end zone. Manuel lofts a pass over a leaping Jenkins and O’Leary makes a leaping catch for the touchdown.

Going forward: Jenkins is one of UF’s better linebackers in pass coverage, but he wasn’t physical enough with O’Leary to disrupt his route within the 5-yard cushion. That’s a simple fi, if he’s able to play in the bowl game (foot injury). If not, it’ll fall to freshman Antonio Morrison, who might be the biggest hitter on the team. Gillislee untouched

Mike Gillislee
Running back Mike Gillislee rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State.
Gators take the lead

The score: Florida State leading 20-16 early in the fourth quarter.

The situation: First-and-10 at the FSU 37-yard line.

Why it worked: Misdirection froze S Terrence Brooks and pulled CB Xavier Rhodes away from the play side and UF’s offensive line opened a huge hole for RB Mike Gillislee.

The breakdown: The Gators were lined up in an offset I-formation with Gillislee 8 yards behind the line of scrimmage and FB Hunter Joyer lined up behind LG James Wilson. OT D.J. Humphries is lined up as the tight end on the left side of the formation. RB Omarius Hines is lined up off Humphries’ left hip.

At the snap, Hines runs across the formation behind Gillislee. QB Jeff Driskel hands Gillislee the ball but fakes another handoff to Hines. That freezes Brooks. Rhodes, who had lined up on Hines, follows him across the formation. That takes two defenders out of the play.

RG Jon Halapio pulls to the left side. Joyer blocks a charging linebacker and Halapio cuts inside that block and is followed by Gillislee. Humphries gets a key block on DE Mario Edwards Jr. Wilson blocks DT Timmy Jernigan while C Jonotthan Harrison blocks DT Demonte McAllister.

Halapio gets a piece of LB Christian Jones and another block on S Lamarcus Joyner, which clears out the hole. Gillislee slips through and runs past DE Bjoern Werner to score a touchdown that puts the Gators ahead 23-20 with 11:01 remaining.

Going forward: The Gators have used this play all season and it’ll continue to be a big part of the offense. The defense has to play the end around because the Gators will fake the handoff to the back and give it to the player coming from the other direction. It’s a pretty effective misdirection play.

Driskel to Dunbar

Gators seal the victory

The score: Florida leading 23-20 midway through the fourth quarter.

The situation: Third-and-4 at the FSU 14-yard line.

Why it worked: FSU CB Tyler Hunter got caught between WRs Frankie Hammond and Quinton Dunbar.

The breakdown: The Gators are in shotgun formation with two receivers on either side. TE Jordan Reed is lined up wide on the right side with Dunbar to his right. RB Matt Jones is to Driskel’s right. Just before the snap, Hammond goes in motion from the left side of the formation to the right.

At the snap, Dunbar runs straight up the field to about the 10-yard line near the hash marks. Hammond continues going across the field and is open in the flat near the numbers. Hunter slides to his left toward Hammond as Driskel rolls to his right. Reed runs into the end zone to hold the safety.

Driskel sees Hunter creeping toward Hammond, so he throws behind Hunter to Dunbar at the 9. Dunbar catches the ball and outruns LB Vince Williams and Joyner -- who had chased Reed into the end zone -- to the front corner of the end zone.

Going forward: The rollout passes the Gators used on Saturday were very effective. They hadn’t used them as much this season until the FSU game. They should be used more. Driskel throws the ball well on the run and it presents a dilemma for the defense because they have to account for his mobility as well as the receivers.