Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Diesel350z, Feb 23, 2018.
If Davis's knee is not ready I do not want him to see the field.
At best, its gonna be midseason, and I dont see any reason to force it. Let him have the extra time to rehab and come back with a vengeance in 19.
It's 100% he will play and get heavy load, I do think Scarlett will be the top carry guy in terms of numbers though but Davis is way too good to keep off the field, and for those worried about his knee it was a meniscus, not an acl or other ligament.
Not sure how you can say this. To my knowledge, it was never officially announced, by the University or by the coaching staff, exactly what kind of knee injury Davis sustained. When injuries are minor, that information tends to come out right away. Not so with Davis’s injury.
If you believe certain Gator “insiders”, it was a much more serious injury than just a meniscus tear.
I hope you are right, but I personally am not expecting Davis to be back for the 2018 season.
Ok, you can believe what you like obviously.
My point is that nobody, outside of Davis, his family, the coaches and the medical staff know for certain. I hope for Malik’s sake you are right.
I know, the moderator on another board I am on spoke to his uncle. I was under the same impression you and everybody else was.
Don't give him the ball on third and short.
Agree about Pierce and Clement. Pierce looked better as a high school player than anyone the Gators have signed in several years. In his clips, Clement looked like a WR playing RB. Not a strong runner at all.
Yes, no use taking any chance on further damage. And, it's not like he was the only guy in the backfield with moves last year. Davis had 79 Carries and averaged 6.7 ypc, while Perine had 136 for 4.1 ypc. But Lemons, admitted with only 19, averaged 7.2 ypc and Kadarius Toney, admittedly only 14, averaged 8.6. Also, recall that Lemons was running back Kickoffs (not smartly, but it shows his speed and elusiveness).
Lemons, in fact, was faster than Davis and very elusive also, but his off-field issues are what dropped him to a 3* coming from high school.
With all these talks about Davis... I really think we’re splitting hairs as to who will be getting the carries next season... I say, if he’s not 100%, let him get healthy and bulk up... We have more than enough backs that are comparably capable... and if he’s injured, keeping him off will be best for both parties because he’s one year closer to draft eligibility, and is taking less of a pounding before he hits the draft... If he’s elite in 2019, I’ll be thilled, even though he’s gone... that’s better than playing him in 2018 while injured and him having a solid 2018 and 2019 as opposed to an elite 2019...
The guy I’m worried about most on the depth chart is Perine... I don’t know how much Lemons has learned the playbook... but in terms of natural ability, we may see Perine fall on the depth chart quickly... and he’s still a pretty darn good back.
Watch out of Dameon Pierce... He already has a man’s body and will at some point be a better back than Perine, I think... it’s just a matter of when...
Pierce is a lot faster than Perine and appears to be just as powerful.
Should definitely be a position of strength next year for us, no matter who's carrying the ball; and Mullen's offense works well when he has multiple rushing options out of the backfield. When you look at the most successful SEC programs in the last few years, there's multiple RBs who can carry the ball. Bama, georgia, Auburn, etc....all have at least 2 top-tier RBs and most go 3 deep.
You got that right Jeff
I just spoke with one of Malik's uncles. He says it was just a torn meniscus and that he'll be full speed come Fall. I didn't ask about Spring. But I agree that it has been kinda hush hush about the injury.
Thought Davis was better than Lemons and I think Clement is better than Pierce ( and I think Pierce willl be very good).
Clement has that rare combination of quickness and spacial awareness that is unique to good backs. He is great is space, but he is also excellent at creating space . He is patient and very quick. Quick decision maker, quick feet , does not over run plays , excellent first step.
Davis' injury was really a shame . He got hung out to dry by his QB . IMO Davis is closer to Emmitt than anyone we have had since. The kid sees it and has the ability to hit it with unbelievable timing. Emmitt had an unbelievable first step. He could slide, wait patiently and the next thing you know he was 8 yards down field. He saw the game in slow motion....
Pierce has much better balance. Look at the highlights again. Watch how many times pierce stays on his feet and scores, vs how many times Clement gets tackled by his shoe strings.
I wouldn't count on Davis for 2018, which is why the Depth of Quality RBs on this year's roster will pay dividends.
Think of John Egbunu, who has missed all three postseasons during his career at UF, including the last 2 due to a knee injury that just hasn't responded well.
Physically, all of our primary moving joints - wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee & ankle, are dangerous to damage because they frequently end up being chronic.