Florida wide receiver Charles Norman makes a catch Friday during the Orange and Blue Debut at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Dooley grades the Gators

Pat Dooley Staff writer
Friday, April 07, 2017 10:18 PM

Offense B-

First half: Feleipe Franks made some nice throws, none better than his 46-yarder to Josh Hammond. Running game was so-so.

Second half: Again, Kyle Trask struggled until they put him with the first team and, of course, he drove the Orange to a touchdown.

For the game: Florida didn’t show much on purpose, but we saw the Gators have depth issues on the offensive line.

Defense B-

First half: The first team defense just ate the second team offense alive, making life miserable for poor Trask.

Second half: The Blue defense couldn’t stop anybody, but the first team looked like it will again be a salty unit if it stays healthy.

For the game: The good news is that Florida pitched a shutout. The bad news is that a lot of teams could have pitched a shutout against the back-ups.

Special teams Incomplete

First half: Since there were no punt or kickoff returns, it was hard to tell. But Johnny Townsend showed off his leg with a 57-yard punt.

Second half: Florida tried more punters than it did quarterbacks. Eddy Pineiro’s 49-yard field goal attempt banged off the right upright.

For the game: Special teams needs to get better on kickoff returns in 2017, but that is for another day because they didn’t try any.

Overall C+

We didn’t see a whole lot, but we did see some talent on offense. Remember, what the Gators looked like Friday night is just a starting point for the 2017 season.

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