- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 37-26 victory over Florida State on Saturday.
Manuel to O’Leary
The score: Florida leading 13-3 early in the third quarter.
The situation: Third-and-goal at the Florida 6-yard line.
The breakdown: FSU was in shotgun formation with one receiver to the left, two receivers to the right, and O’Leary lined up an inline tight end next to RT Menelik Watson. The Gators were in man coverage with two safeties.
At the snap, O’Leary releases and is picked up by Jenkins. LB Jon Bostic blitzes from the right side of the defensive formation to give the Gators five rushers, but he is picked up by RB Devonta Freeman. O’Leary and Jenkins make contact at the 3-yard line, where O’Leary shoves Jenkins to his right.
That allows O’Leary to get past Jenkins and into the end zone. Manuel lofts a pass over a leaping Jenkins and O’Leary makes a leaping catch for the touchdown.
Going forward: Jenkins is one of UF’s better linebackers in pass coverage, but he wasn’t physical enough with O’Leary to disrupt his route within the 5-yard cushion. That’s a simple fi, if he’s able to play in the bowl game (foot injury). If not, it’ll fall to freshman Antonio Morrison, who might be the biggest hitter on the team.
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