Three things we learned from Saturday’s game:
1. Pass protection could be an issue.
Texas A&M sacked quarterback Jeff Driskel eight times, twice ending Gators drives with back-to-back sacks of the sophomore.
The Aggies did lead the nation with 51 sacks in 2011, but Florida’s offensive line also struggled to keep defenses out of the backfield.
Driskel’s inexperience and indecisiveness exacerbated things. He held onto the ball too long on a number of plays, sacks and otherwise.
Coach Will Muschamp praised his QB’s toughness, but said, “We’re not going to live with that. He needs to get rid of the football.”
2. Mike Gillislee is a go-to guy.
A career game against Bowling Green was encouraging, but the senior running back from Deland backed it up with another strong performance, at A&M.Ci
Gillislee scored two touchdowns, including a 12-yard run on which he tightroped the sideline, and ran for 83 yards. He could have posted another 100-yard game, but had to leave the game for trainers to work on his hip.
If he can stay healthy, Gillislee has a shot to become Florida’s first 1,000-yard Ciatrick Fason in 2004.
3. More touches coming for Jordan Reed.
Tight end Jordan Reed finished with five catches for 59 yards against the Aggies, including a 30-yard reception on which Reed hurdled an Aggies defender on the sideline.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease had to be pleased.
After Reed caught three passes for 33 yards in the opener, Pease said, “He could have had a few more. He’s got to get more.”
Expect to see Reed, a former quarterback, became a bigger and bigger part of the offense.
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