The Florida Gators got their biggest win of the season as they defeated the Auburn Tigers 24-13. This was one of most watched college football games so far this season with two top ten teams going up against each other. The Florida defense showed the nation just how dominant they are even without Jabari Zuniga. The Gators defense was too much for the Auburn offense as they forced four turnovers including three interceptions. Kyle Trask showed a lot of guts in that game as he suffered a leg injury, came back and continued to lead Florida to victory. Here are the five takeaways from the Florida Gators Week 6 win versus the Auburn Tigers.
The Florida Gators might have the best defense in the SEC
Going into the game, most of the media was focusing on QB Bo Nix and the Auburn offense is. Nobody was even giving Florida a chance as some even predicted that Auburn would beat UF by double digits. Everybody knew the Gators had a good defense, but most weren’t expecting this kind of dominance. The Gators defense was flying to the ball and the Tigers couldn’t get anything going on offense. The defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and slowed down Auburn’s ground game. The linebackers kept everything in front of them and did a great job of tackling. The secondary was locked down as Nix threw three interceptions to Shawn Davis, Donovan Stiner and Marco Wilson.
Kyle Trask needs to improve his pocket awareness
There really isn’t a lot Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has done wrong. He’s exceeded a lot of people’s expectations and is playing like a starting quarterback, but more work is needed. One of Trask’s biggest flaws is his pocket awareness. Trask has a tendency of holding on to the football for too long. He’s not the type of runner Feleipe Franks is so doesn’t take off and run when he can’t find anybody open. Because of that, Trask takes a lot of unnecessary sacks and has fumbled the ball a lot. This ends drives that could possibly end with points for the Florida Gators. Pocket awareness comes with experience which Trask doesn’t have a lot of. Trask needs to get his internal clock going and needs to know when to run with the ball or throw it away.
Shawn Davis is the best safety in the state
Junior safety Shawn Davis has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Gators this season. Davis started off the season as a rotational player that would come in when either Jeawon Taylor or Donovan Stiner needed hydrate. He’s currently the team leader in interceptions. Davis is also tied for eighth in the country with three interceptions on the season. His last interception was a beautiful one as he picked off Bo Nix with a one-handed grab down. Shawn Davis making a name for himself as the best safety in the state of Florida. He also might be one of the best safeties in the SEC. Davis has come a long way and Florida fans can’t wait to see what he does next.
The Florida Gators continues to find ways to win
The Florida Gators might be the seventh ranked team in the country but they have had their struggles. Unlike most top ten teams, Florida has played a pretty difficult schedule so far against rivals and tough opponents. Florida doesn’t always blow out their opponents but they find ways to get the W. In the season opener, Florida had four turnovers against the Miami Hurricanes but scored points when they needed to and won 24-20. Against Kentucky, UF was down 21-10 in the fourth quarterback with a backup QB and scored 19 unanswered points for the win. Last Saturday, Florida constantly shot themselves in the foot but their defense was too much for Auburn.
Emory Jones might be the future quarterback at Florida
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Emory Jones had to come in the game with Kyle Trask suffering a knee injury. For the first time in his collegiate career, Jones was the guy that Florida depended on. The Georgia native answered the bell as he played very against a very good Auburn defense. Jones completed five of seven passes for 28 yards and also had 13 rushing yards on three carries. Jones looked very comfortable in the pocket and was able to show his arm talent. Many Florida fans left that game feeling confident in their future if Emory Jones was the starting quarterback. Emory Jones signed with the Florida Gators over Ohio State and Alabama in Dan Mullen’s first recruiting class.