GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Carried by a dominant defensive performance, No. 18-ranked Florida rolled to a 40-14 win over Missouri on homecoming Saturday at The Swamp.
Here were the highlights from Gators coach Jim McElwain’s postgame news conference as he discussed the two defensive touchdowns, the sluggish offensive start and the injury to star senior linebacker Jarrad Davis.
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- “Well guys, that was a fun day out there in the park. That was, as I talked to our guys earlier about just grabbing your helmet, putting your jersey on, let’s run out to our park, that’s The Swamp, and have a good time doing it. There was great energy. Obviously it starts with our defense. They did an unbelievable job shutting them down. Defensive scores, you’ve always got a chance to be successful, and all great teams score on defense, there’s no doubt about it. That was really good, and just to see how they were feeding off everything on the sideline was outstanding.
- On QB Luke Del Rio: “I thought Luke was a little off today, obviously, missed a couple reads. The turnovers were something we’ve got to get corrected. Having eight false-start penalties, wow. Somebody’s going to ask me what was it? OK, so I’m going to answer you. This will be the last I talk about it. I don’t know, but we’ll get it fixed, all right? That’s what off weeks are for. We were a little off our rhythm on our cadence and it caused a little bit. I will say this, I thought early a couple of those had a lot to do with their No. 91. You know, our guys were trying to jump that a little bit, so I don’t know, did he get some sacks or whatever, but credit him for those. I’m telling you, that’s what a great player does. It’s just their presence.”
- “I thought we wore on them a little bit. We got some explosive runs down there the end. We probably could have run it more, but we wanted to still continue to work on things in the passing game. And yet in the end when we needed to run it, we did.”
- On LB Jarrad Davis’ injury: “He’s getting an MRI on his lower leg right now. Haven’t had any results. You guys will know where we are there. The x-rays, it’s not broken, whatever it is. And he was in pretty good spirits, they said, headed up to get the MRI.”
- DE Bryan Cox hurt his thumb in pregame and will get it looked at Monday.
- “Good time for a bye. Obviously we missed some recruiting weekends here. We need to get out on the road.”
- Also, RB Jordan Cronkrite had “an upper leg problem,” “strained something” and we’ll know later.
- On Jalen Tabor/Quincy Wilson: “Here’s the great thing. When you’ve got two great corners like that, they’ve got to pick one side of the field, right? I think it happened for us a little bit last year when people tried to throw at Jalen when they were afraid of Vernon (Hargreaves). … It’s pick your poison.”
- McElwain also credited safety Marcus Maye and nickel Duke Dawson: “It isn’t just those two guys. That whole unit is doing a good job.”
- On Del Rio’s throws into coverage: “Boy they were, weren’t they. … Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, wasn’t good.”
- On LB play after Jarrad Davis got hurt: “David (Reese) came in, and he’s guy that when he’s come in he’s showed up. He showed up in the stat line. Obviously missing Jarrad is huge, here’s guy who is a team leader. .. But here’s the good thing, when you look at that unit, there’s wasn’t any panic. David came in and I thought played with great energy.”
- On Tyrie Cleveland: “Struggling with those injuries and the learning curve being behind a little bit, this is going to be an important week for him as well (building on this). I was excited for Tyrie and I tell you what, he’s a guy that really cares and he’s really glad to be here.”
- On the pick-6s: “Those were awesome things that picked everybody up and yet, I’ll say that again, the excitement after Eddy (Pineiro) hit his deep one … Here’s a classic now. These are ones that will be part of the book. Eddy was so excited, the last time he didn’t know what end to kick from on a kickoff, he forgot that he had to kickoff after that that one so we had to go grab him from over there where all those guys stand.”
- More on the CBs: “It’s like pick your poison. Where are you going to go with it. Here’s what’s going to happen next now. They’re going to test Duke, they’re going to work through some shifts and motions and try to test your (line)backers. So that’s what we’ll work on.”
- On Jalen Tabor: “He’s just done an outstanding job affecting the people around him in a positive way.”
- On Quincy Wilson going back to back after Tabor’s pick-6: “I think Quincy was jealous. … They feed off of each other. Great teams not only feed off each other in the individual meeting rooms, but what you hope is to see that thing feed off both units.”
- “It was great in the locker room afterwards. This was Jeremy Foley’s last game in The Swamp. When you think of all the things he’s accomplished and all the things he’s done for this university and Gainesville and state of Florida. To see the guys give him the game ball and give him a standing ovation and break it down when it was all over, that’s what life’s all about and that was pretty cool.”