BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU defensive end Arden Key’s name will be on the Florida Gators’ bulletin board this week.
When asked to evaluate Florida quarterback Austin Appleby, Key said it’s hard to know what Appleby is capable of, mostly because he doesn’t think much of Florida’s offensive line.
“I mean, he’s under pressure. There’s nothing much he can do,” Key said. “The offensive line’s not that good at pass blocking. Run blocking, I feel like the right side is stronger than the left side. They’re going to run behind the right tackle. We’re ready for them to come out. We’ll see what they’ve got.”
It’s no secret that Key has confidence. But the facts don’t seem to line up with what he said Monday. Florida has allowed the second-fewest sacks in the SEC (13), a mark that ranks Florida’s offensive line in the top 20 in the nation. Furthermore, Florida has allowed 42 tackles-for-loss this season, the seventh-best total in the FBS.
That said, Key isn’t altogether wrong about Florida’s running game. The Gators’s 11 rushing touchdowns are the fewest in the SEC and its 152 rush yards per game and despite running the ball on average the same amount of times per game as LSU (36), the Gators average 80 fewer yards per game.
Key is three sacks short of the LSU single-season record, and said he plans on at least tying that mark against Florida, saying he wants to send his seniors out right in their last game at Tiger Stadium.
Guaranteeing an LSU win?
Despite this, Key said he wouldn’t have minded if this game was played in Gainesville as it originally was supposed to be. Why? Well, here’s some more bulletin-board material, Florida.
“Either way it goes, if we play here or there, it’s going to be hard for them to get the W,” Key said. “I don’t feel like they were going to get the win when we first were supposed to play them and now.”