Monday, July 22, 2019

Florida at Alabama

Florida's offense gained momentum in Week 4 but will be facing a much bigger challenge against Alabama in Week 5.

Florida Offense vs. Alabama Defense
• QB John Brantley is coming off his most complete performance of the season against Kentucky and will need to continue that success for the Gators to move the chains in this game. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio must utilize play-action on first and second down early in the game because Alabama likes to drop a safety near the box on run-heavy downs. Adding that extra defender to a stout front seven anchored by DT Marcell Dareus and instinctive MLB Don't'a Hightower will make it tough for Florida to get a consistent ground attack going right away, so Brantley and his receiving corps must hit a few big-gainers through the air on early downs. That will eventually force Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to back off a little and go a long way toward creating some room for Florida RBs Jeffery Demps and Emmanuel Moody.