Pro Football Focus agrees with where the polls rank Florida.
The football analytics website used its data to rank the top 25 college football teams entering Week 6. The Gators come in at No. 12 on that list, close to its No. 11 ranking in this week’s AP poll.
One of the reasons behind Florida’s success has obviously been its defense. PFF took a deeper look at the unit and explained why it has been so good this season.
First, versatile defensive lineman Jon Bullard (+17.7) has received the best grade of any player on Florida’s defense this season, according to the website’s grading system. The article states that Bullard is second in the nation with 18 defensive stops.
Jarrad Davis (+10.0) is the only starting linebacker with a positive grade. According to the article, Davis missed his only three tackles of the season against Tennessee. The junior ranks second on the team with 38 tackles.
All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves seems to have taken a step back from last season, according to PFF. After Hargreaves received a +26.5 grade last year, he’s at +1.0 this year despite already picking off three passes. Still, the article points out that Hargreaves has allowed just 23 receptions from the 52 passes thrown into his coverage this season.
On a positive note, cornerbacks Quincy Wilson (+5.8) and Jalen Tabor (+6.5) are having impressive seasons. According to PFF, Wilson has allowed eight catches for 81 yards and Tabor has allowed 11 catches for 94 yards.