GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each week this season the analysts at Pro Football Focus will provide SEC Country with their detailed breakdown of the Florida Gators’ previous game.
The PFF analysis entails evaluating each player on every snap based on individual performance — not the collective outcome of the play — and assigning a grade between -2 and +2. The players’ grade for the full game is then converted to a 1-to-100 scale.
Not surprisingly, Florida’s top-graded players from its 32-0 win over North Texas last Saturday night were on the defensive side as the Gators held the Mean Green to just 53 offensive yards.
Redshirt-senior safety Marcus Maye received a grade of 83.4, followed by senior linebacker Jarrad Davis (82.8) and redshirt-freshman defensive end Jabari Zuniga (77.7).
Grades in the 80-84.9 range are considered above average while grades between 70-79.9 are considered average. In the two weeks that PFF has provided its analysis to SEC Country, no Florida player has scored in the “high quality” or “elite” ranges yet, though the blowout nature of the games has led to reduced playing time for the team’s star players, which can impact the overall grade.
The PFF analysis noted that 10 Florida defensive players graded out at 75 or higher for the North Texas game.
Meanwhile, this was the second week in a row that Zuniga and Maye were among the team’s top-three graded defensive players. Zuniga received a 75.8 score for Florida’s win over Kentucky while Maye checked in at 74.3
Here were some other highlights from the PFF analysis of the Gators’ defense:
- “On 29 total dropbacks, the Gators accumulated 27 total QB pressures (sacks, hits, and hurries), forcing North Texas quarterback Mason Fine (48.6) into a 6-for-22 struggle.”
- “Through three games, the Gators’ defense has accumulated 66 total QB pressures, with Zuniga also tied for third in the nation among edge defenders with 4 sacks. In addition, DT Joey Ivie is tops nationally among DTs with at least 30 pass rush snaps in Pass Rush Productivity (PRP – 20.5), with 10 total QB pressures in 39 pass rush snaps.”
- “This bodes well for the Gators in their matchup this week versus Tennessee. Volunteers’ QB Josh Dobbs is currently only completing 33% of his passes and been sacked 7 times when pressured.”
Interestingly, redshirt-sophomore C’yontai Lewis (79.5) was the Gators’ highest-graded offensive player while sophomore right guard/tackle Fred Johnson (76.4) and junior left tackle David Sharpe (73.4) scored highly as well. Lewis was rated highly for his blocking.
Here is what the PFF analysts had to say about backup quarterback Austin Appleby:
- “Now Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby steps in Del Rio’s place for the foreseeable future. Playing as the primary QB in 12 games and getting 941 total snaps for the Boilermakers over the past two seasons, Appleby was PFF’s 100th ranked QB in 2015 and 129th ranked in 2014.”