GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some takeaways were obvious after Florida’s 40-14 win over Missouri last weekend.
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio was a bit off in his return from injury and needs to play better. The running game was great. The defense was beyond great.
But the analysts at Pro Football Focus dig a little deeper, grading every player on every snap. As it has each week this season, PFF shared its report on Florida’s last performance with SEC Country, and as usual the data was interesting.
Del Rio graded out at 48.9 (on a scale of 1-100) for his lowest mark of the season after completing 18-of-38 passes for 236 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Going beyond those numbers, though, the PFF analysis showed that the quarterback’s 3 interceptions came without pressure or a blitz. When under pressure, he completed 4-of-13 passes for 65 yards, and when blitzed he connected on 4-of-10 throws for 41 yards.
That may not be as much of an issue this week against Georgia this week as the Bulldogs entered this past weekend tied for last in the SEC with 10 QB pressures per game.
Florida’s running backs led the way against Missouri as freshman Lamical Perine (70.3 grade by PFF) rushed for 106 yards on 11 carries and sophomore Jordan Scarlett (64.5) picked up 101 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 attempts.
Grading even higher than those two, though, was redshirt-sophomore tight end C’yontai Lewis (77.7), who has emerged as a very effective run blocker for the Gators.
On the defensive side, the Florida players grading out the best were senior linebacker Jarrad Davis (84.9), junior cornerback Quincy Wilson (83.7), redshirt-senior safety Marcus Maye (82.5) and redshirt-sophomore defensive tackle Taven Bryan (81.9).
According to PFF, Davis played only 33 snaps before his ankle injury, which makes his performance all the more impressive as he tied for the team lead with 8 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and 1 quarterback hurry.
Wilson, meanwhile, allowed only 1 reception for 15 yards on 6 passes thrown his way and, of course, had that 78-yard interception return for touchdown.
The PFF analysts say of Wilson: “For the season, he has only allowed 5 receptions for 62 yards (in 20 targets) to go along with 3 INTs and a nation-leading 0.4 QB rating into his coverage.”
And yet, with fellow star junior corner Jalen Tabor (4 INTs in 5 games) on the other side, Wilson will continue to get tested.
Lastly, PFF noted that Bryan had a season-best 4 QB pressures in 38 snaps while taking advantage of his increased playing time against Missouri.