A quick look at UF's offensive players by stats if they played in the Big 10, as we are obviously more familiar with Midwest peeps. It will be more difficult to define the very good defense - I see WD calling them Northwestern with better athletes... well that's called Ohio State's D which muffled us pretty damn badly. i.e. Vernon Hargreaves = Jabrill Peppers minus 10 lbs. aka Northwestern has no such player. Same with Jonathan Bullard, etc.
But offensively it's a good matchup. It's essentially Penn State.
Big 10 offense doppelganger: PSU
PSU v UF
- Total offense: 106 v 109
- Pass offense: 82 v 78
- Rush offense: 105 v 113
- Scoring offense: 101 v 109
Treon Harris - 51.9% completion rate (WOOF!), 7.1 ypa, approx 2:1 TD to INT rate. Total yds would be misleading because he didnt play the whole season. Also ran for 189 yds.
Big 10 doppelganger: 2014 (not 2015) Mitch Leidner MN .. but less mobile. 51.5% completion rate, 7.6 ypa approx 1.5:1 TD to INT rate. Also ran for ~400 yds.
RB (note I am not comparing running style - just production)
Kelvin Taylor - 248 carries, 948 yds, 4.0 ave.
Big 10 doppelganger. Devine Redding IND - 191 carries, 785 yds, 4.1 ave. Since most of you don't suffer through Indiana games when not watching UM play them, you probably have not seen Devine run much... so the next closest doppelganger is someone very familiar to UM fans. DeVeon Smith UM - 155 carries, 644 yds, 4.2 ave.
77 of 219 (35%) catches of all types (wr, rb, te) went to 2 players of the receiver type. Now to be complete we have to mention a good # of those catches were passes thrown early in the year by a guy who wasn't a complete coin flip on "complete vs attempt" at QB so their stats were padded some by a legit QB as opposed to Harris.
A) Big play guy: Antonio Callaway (true fr, 5'11") - 30 rec, 603 yds, 20.1 (!!) ave.
Big 10 doppelganger: shorter and not suspended Leonte Carroo RUT - 39 rec, 809 yds, 20.7 (!!) ave.
B) Possession guy: Demarcus Robinson (jr, 6'1") - 47 rec, 505 yds, 10.7 ave.
Big 10 doppelganger: taller RJ Shelton MSU - 41 rec, 484 yds, 11.8 ave.
Jake McGee (sr) - 41 rec , 381 yds, 9.3 ave. (19% of all completed passes so often used player)
Big 10 doppelganger: Troy Fumagalli WIS (a team purported to still be in the B10) - 26 rec, 277 yds, 10.7 ave.
Difficult to tell an OL just from stats but Football Outsiders ranks Florida's OL 89th in the country; UM's is 72nd for comparison. I believe this was an OL which was self blocking itself in 2014 if memory serves...
So in summary the FL offense showcases 1 real dangerman in wideout Antonio Callaway (Hi J. Lewis) who looks like a freshman star. Surrounding said player is the equivalent of 2014 heave and pray Mitch Leidner, one of the lowest ypc Big 10 backs of 2015 (sorry DeVeon!), the 3rd best receiver for MSU, and a safety valve "decent" Wisconsin-ish TE who gets nearly 1 out of every 5 passes thrown by a UF QB. (Hi J. Bolden? err... hi Delano Hill)