Saturday, September 8, 2012
Muschamp: Spread the blame for 8 sacks
By Michael DiRocco
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- There is plenty of blame to be spread around for the eight sacks Florida allowed against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel gets some for holding onto the ball too long and for not running sooner.
The offensive line gets some for allowing A&M's edge rushers, notably Damontre Moore (three sacks), to get past the tackles and for allowing the Aggies to get pressure up the middle.
The backs get some for missing a blocking assignment.
And the receivers get some, too, for not getting open and in one case running the wrong route.
"There's a lot of different things that go into a sack," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "It's not just one thing."
The Gators lost 48 yards in those eight sacks, and while Muschamp was upset about that, he was pleased that Driskel didn't do anything stupid with the ball. He didn't try to force a throw into coverage or throw back across his body to someone in the middle of the field to avoid a sack. Driskel didn't make the mistakes that young quarterbacks often do.
"He took care of the ball," Muschamp said. "There's good sacks, too. There's nothing wrong with ending the series with a punt. I know that's not allowed to be said at Florida, but there's noting wrong with that. We took care of the football."