After last weeks win against FAU, fans regained some hope in the Gators season. However, they were hoping to see some more consistency out of Florida's quarterbacks in the Gators 39-0 win over the UAB Blazers.
Fortunately for said fans, neither Brantley nor Driskel threw an interception. Brantley completed 12/19 passes for 195 yards, but no touchdowns. When throwing mid-range passes, Brantley looked well rounded. Nevertheless, when throwing screen passes, or even throwing down field, Brantley struggled, often overthrowing his receivers. One thing is for certain, Brantley looks better in the pro-style, but it is clear he isn't a high-caliber quarterback. He has enough talent and experience to lead the Gators to a decent season, but don't expect anything spectacular to arise this season.
After just two carries and a reception, RB Jeff Demps had to leave the game with a shoulder injury, giving Michael Gillislee an opportunity for significant play time. While an injury for Demps is far from good news, it does show that Florida has a deep running back corps. In fact, Florida's rushers accounted for all four touchdowns. As a team, Florida averaged 5.5 yards per carry against UAB.
In addition, the Gators defense did a good job of preventing UAB from scoring opportunities. They didn't allow short-term momentum to give UAB an advantage. However, Florida needs to find a way to apply more pressure to opposing quarterbacks; Florida only sacked Bryan Ellis once.
These last two games really equated to being confidence boosters for the Gators. Florida will have their first real test against conference rival Tennessee next week. Then we will truly see if the Gators are as good as they want to be.
On a final note: TE Jordan Reed suffered a "twinge" after just two receptions. He is currently probable for next week's game.