GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Everyone knows what happened last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The 11-game winning streak over the Vols ended, the defense was humbled and the Florida players took the loss exceptionally hard.
Beyond that, though, the analysts at Pro Football Focus did an in-depth breakdown of the Gators’ performance that night.
Each week this season, PFF is providing SEC Country with data from its detailed analysis and grading of every player on every snap. The cumulative grade is then set on a 1-100 scale.
Despite the defensive collapse after halftime last Saturday, the highest individual grade from the game went to redshirt-junior defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (86.4). That qualifies as a “high quality” performance on the PFF scale, and it’s the highest grade given to any Florida player in the three weeks PFF has shared its data this season.
On the defensive side, senior nose tackle Joey Ivie (75.7) and junior cornerback Quincy Wilson (74.9) had the next highest grades.
Unfortunately for the Gators, they will be without Ivie for four or five weeks due to a thumb injury. He has graded out as one of the team’s top defensive players all season.
Wilson, meanwhile, clearly backed up his end after his duck and truck comments fired up the Tennessee fans –even if the defense, as a whole, did not.
For that matter, Wilson has been backing it up all season.
With just one reception allowed & two INTs recorded, #Florida CB Quincy WIlson is allowing a QB rating of 0.0 on throws into his coverage.
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 27, 2016
Offensively, redshirt-junior center Cam Dillard (81.0) logged the highest grade while sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway (79.2) was next. Fifth-year senior quarterback Austin Appleby received a grade of 72.2 for his first start with the team.
Here’s a look inside the numbers from the PFF report:
- “In only 41 snaps, Caleb Brantley played exceptionally well, generating 5 total QB pressures.”
That’s an interesting observation. The Gators love to rotate players up front, but would they be better served letting their best guys take on some more snaps? That may be something to consider, especially with Ivie now sidelined.
- “Contributing to the Volunteers’ exceptional scoring run were missed tackles. After missing 13 tackles in the first 3 games combined, the Gators missed 11 on Saturday.”
- “After previously struggling when under pressure, Volunteers’ QB Josh Dobbs flourished against the Gators. Pressured on 14 of his 36 drop-backs (39%), Dobbs completed 8 of 11 passes for 216 yards and all 4 of his TDs when under pressure.”
- “However, only 12 of Dobbs’ total passing yards came against CB Quincy Wilson.”
Fellow junior standout Jalen Tabor is usually the top cornerback mentioned, but Wilson has been spectacular this season. Regardless of who gets top billing, that duo is as good as any pairing of corners in the country.
On the offensive side, here’s what the PFF analysts noted in their report on the Gators:
- “Despite a costly interception after Tennessee had taken the lead, Austin Appleby (72.2) played solid football in his first start for the Gators, earning the team’s 3rd highest offensive grade. Without any pressure (30/42 drop-backs), Appleby completed 69% for 278 yards and 2 TDs. However, when under pressure (12/42 drop-backs), he only completed 3 of 10 passes for 18 yards, including the interception and 2 sacks.”
- “Antonio Callaway came back in a big way, hauling in 4 of his 6 targets for 134 yards, with the two big plays both coming against DB Justin Martin.”