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PHIL HEILMAN, Alligator Staff Writer
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Love my FB's and the dirty work. I was pleasantly surprised with Ajagde. I knew the coaches liked him but it was nice to see the praise translate to the field. Joyer is still 1 but Gideon is actually an above average blocker, good hands and I think has big play ability, more so than Joyer at least. Love Joyer and what he does but Ajagde will be a nice compliment and we should get us a few big plays from him this year. Happy for him and like his nickname, Nigerian Nightmare.
He looked great yesterday and I think he becomes a part of our every game offense, seems to move well with the ball in his hands and blocked well also. Shame the coaches didn't move him to offense sooner. Given the time I bet he could have been a decent TE also.
Probably the biggest surprise of the game.
Joyer is a monster! I hope that depth there will allow both of them to be rested and nasty!
Tough kid with a good game today.
Not sure if Joyer was 100%, but great to see that we'll use our fullbacks in other than a blocking role.
That said, it was Brown's key block that allowed Driskel the time to hit Ajabe with the TD pass
Thanks for the replies - some very good observations....
My main thought is it's ALWAYS a HUGE asset to have someone out of the backfield with good hands, the ability to get open, and good awareness while running with the ball.
Plus a back who can block well!
Can't wait to see more of "The Nigerian Nightmare"!
One name for you from the past:
John L Williams
great pass catching FB, back when the FB was an integral part of our offense...
Ajagbe looked good catching the ball, and when our opponents' DCs see that, that is one less LB blitzing Jeff or making a deep drop into coverage, this will help UF's overall passing game quite a bit...
So, how do you REALLY pronounce his name?
I loved seeing Ajagbe, Ball, and Kitchens on the field yesterday. Great people that really appreciate their opportunity, and they work hard to make the most of it.
Joyer was not at full speed, but should be soon. I loved his run in the redzone, though I can't quite remember what the formation was. One think we might see is Ajagbe at fullback as lead blocker for Joyer in the redzone. If teams have to account for Ajagbe out of the backfield with his size and athleticism, it will really open up some of the boot and naked boot stuff for Driskel.
Ah-ja(like the ja in "didja know that?" ) -bee
Agree, rserina, but with Ajagbe carrying behind Joyer. Think Joyer is the bigger load and toughest block to shed out of the two. Ajagbe is more athletic and bends better, could get turned and leverage through a tight crease to get short yardage. Unless they just wanted to get a certain guy a TD as reward, which I'm totally fine with btw(lol), I'd like to see Gideon behind Joyer in the I. Just my opinion and that's all it is, I'd be happy to see both, just once, please. Regardless, you have me thinking about fat boy touchdowns now! lol
Ajagbe looked very solid yesterday.
I've never seen Ajagbe carry the ball out of the backfield, so I have no clue how effective he could be. But I like what I've seen what Joyner has toted it in the past. And I think Ajagbe's presence would force the corner/safety/Sam on the boundary edge to think twice before committing to the run.
Actually, Ajagbe is the heavier of the two by a few pounds, but he's also four or five inches taller. I like them both and would like to see them both in the game at the same time. Pass catching from the TE position was almost non-existent yesterday. Ajagbe is almost as big as Clay Burton and probably as fast as Kent Taylor. If he was suspect at blocking, he certainly wouldn't be getting as many reps at FB. Do we need two good fullbacks more than we need one good TE?
He caught two passes yesterday too.
I have a feeling this kid may have found his niche' as a pass-catching FB.
He certainly seems to have that TE skill set. The guy is an athlete.
Ajagbe is still the more athletic of the two. Give it some time, the TE will get involved. We don't have a dominate one right now so the production will come by committee and when we have the advantage to do so. Think they'll progress along with their roles as the season does. Don't sleep on Burton. He's still learning how to play the position but has the tools to be a good one.
Strange, never ask me if we need two FB's. My answer will always be the same. No, we need 3. lol