Florida finally found an answer to its offensive woes on Saturday. On Jeopardy the question would be: Who is Trey Burton?
The freshman Burton broke Tim Tebow's team record for TDs in one game, scoring all six of Florida's offensive touchdowns. One score came on a reception from QB John Brantley, while the other five were Tebow-esque rushes inside the red zone.
For the first time all season Florida scored a 1st quarter TD and-- other than a slow 2nd quarter-- remained consistent offensively throughout the game on their way to a dominating 24th consecutive victory over the Wildcats. The win marked Urban Meyer's 100th victory as a head coach.
Poor execution and predictable play-calling that had caused nearly one-third of Florida's previous offensive plays this season to go for zero yards or less was not an issue against Kentucky, as Gator RBs averaged over five yards per carry against a porous UK defense. Redshirt freshman receiver Andre Debose also was finally utilized, although Deonte Thompson and Carl Moore accounted for much more of Florida's 290 yards of passing.
Burton was spectacular in the red zone, and continued a season-long trend of success for the Gators inside the opponents' twenty . Has the Gator offense improved enough to have a legitimate chance at Alabama? The Florida offensive line and running game needs to be productive against Bama, and this game was the first time all season they have looked consistent.
Despite what appeared to be a childrens' pop-up book of plays on John Brantley's forearm, the play-calling was more simplified and straight-forward compared to previous games, which was desirable. It's been all too apparent that triple options and shovel passes aren't fooling opposing defenses. Even with a more conventional attack, the Gators' superiority in talent and athleticism allowed them to move the ball at will against UK. This talent gap is non-existent against Alabama, so execution and preparation will be critical next Saturday in Tuscaloosa.