Florida/Miami Week 0 Preview
August 24th, 2019
7:00 PM EST
Camping World Stadium
Prospects to Watch: Miami
#55 LB Shaquille Quarterman
Stats: 45 Solo tackles, 37 assisted, 14 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 int
#56 LB Michael Pinckney
Stats: 35 Solo tackles, 39 Assisted, 11 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 int
#97 DE Jonathan Garvin
Stats: 20 solo tackles, 40 assisted, 17 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 5 PD
Prospects to Watch: Florida
#92 DE Jabari Zuniga
Stats: 17 solo tackles, 28 assisted, 11 TFL, 6.5 sacks
#1 CB CJ Henderson
Stats: 26 Solo tackles, 12 assisted, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 9 PD, 2 FF
#13 QB Feleipe Franks
Stats: 2457 Yds, 24 TD, 6 INT, 58%
This week 1 matchup puts defense to the forefront of our attention, as this game is laden with defensive prospects to keep an eye on until next April. Miami recently, just announced that Redshirt Freshman Jarren Williams will be taking the reins of the offense this fall. It will be key on Saturday for Dan Enos to let his QB get into a rhythm early to build confidence in a pressure filled stage. If he can get into a rhythm early, and not make avoidable mistakes, it will take a massive amount of pressure off of his very talented defense. Also, if the offense can get Deejay Dallas involved, that can open up easy underneath throws, and play action completions. The offensive line, anchored by Navaughn Donaldson, needs to play disciplined and set the edge against a twitchy, physical Florida front. Jabari Zuniga is a fantastic edge prospect, and Miami can not let him cause significant disruption.
For Florida, Feleipe Franks took a huge step forward in year 1 of the Mullen era. He went from incumbent, to a reliable starter who cut down significantly on unnecessary mistakes. With Van Jefferson, and Tyrie Cleveland back on the outside, Franks will again have a substantial amount of weapons to accentuate his arm talent. They did lose two significant pieces on there offensive line in Jawaan Taylor, and Martez Ivey. However, their experience at the skill positions, highlighted by a very talented tandem of Felipe Franks, and LaMical Perine, is a very important factor to take into account. On defense, they have proven playmakers in the front 7 (Zuniga, Reese), and incredible athleticism in the backend that’s anchored by future 1st round pick CJ Henderson. This game should be a low scoring, physical slugfest that will come down to who can limit mistakes and play more disciplined football.
Keys to the Game: Miami
Get Jarren Williams comfortable early. Start off with easy mesh concepts, smash, slants, flood, and zone reads early. If he stays composed, and doesn’t make costly mistakes, that could bode exceptionally well later on.
Trevon Hill and Jonathan Garvin need to be disruptive. They have a very talented edge combo, and if they can get pressure on Feleipe Franks and force turnovers, they can get the momentum early.
Play disciplined football. Limit unnecessary penalties, and overall missed assignments. Florida is coached exceptionally, and they have the personnel to take advantage of mistakes.
Keys to the Game: Florida
Rattle Jarren Williams early. He’s an inexperienced player, so dialing up exotic pressures, and getting him off his platform early could open up playmaking opportunities for CJ Henderson in the back end. If he loses composure, they could turn 1 dimensional.
Lamical Perine (RB) needs to get productive touches early. If he becomes effective, he will open up deep play action shot plays to Van Jefferson or Tyrie Cleveland.
The offensive line needs to communicate against a very athletic, and movement oriented Miami front 7. They send pressures from a bunch of different directions, so picking up different stunts and blitzes will be paramount in sustaining the rhythm to put up significant points on the scoreboard.
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