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Bowman Injury?

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by oneatatime, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. oneatatime

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    mentioned in the article, but without detail

    With less than a week left in spring practice, there is still no clear-cut No. 1 or No. 2 guy back there. Bowman’s injury makes his role this season even more difficult to project. But there is no need to determine all of that six months out from the first game.

    Florida Gators running backs accepting new roles | GatorCountry.com
     
  2. gatorpower

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    From their podcast:

    "The one thing missing is Demarkcus Bowman is out with a minor injury. Doesn’t seem to be severe, but he’s out with a minor injury and should be back soon. He didn’t go through the scrimmage, but the duo of Lingard and Wright had good scrimmages."
     
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  3. blackbird68

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    From what I have read he has been out almost all spring with a “minor” injury.
     
  4. mkfgator

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    I think our number one is Pierce. But , as we have seen, Coach Mullen uses more than one guy and even three. Last year, our RB's all showed they could catch the ball coming out of the backfield. That is going to be a huge weapon this year. Hopefully, Bowman is in that mix, but hey--whoever is best and healthy.
     
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  5. gator10

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    If Pierce continues to be our #1 we may be in trouble. 4.7 YPC does not put him near the top 100 backs in YPC. I know the line was bad but we need better than this. I am hoping Lingard or bowman emerges.
     
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  6. sqgator

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    The problem is not Pierce, it’s the OL, just my opinion.
     
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  7. oneatatime

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    I am not sure what position you want to call Davis and Wright, but with their pass receiving ability, I can certainly see using them in an occasional two back set with Pierce, Bowman or Linguard. Adding Jones running ability, we could have a very dynamic running offense.
     
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  8. gator10

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    You’re probably right but I can’t help but wonder if a Fred Taylor would average 4.7 YPC behind this line. As much as I like Pierce, he may be just an average running back.
     
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  9. Endless Excuses

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    Also teams loaded the box to put heat on Kyle figuring he would just gut them if they gave him, Toney and Pitts the time. That in itself plus Kyles minimal mobility caused our o-line to look bad....however they still need big time improvement in the running game.
     
  10. coach

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    The opposite is true. Kyle quickly knowing where to go with the ball and subtle movements within the pocket prevented a bunch of sacks.
     
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  11. KSAGator

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    (1) was line and not Pierce, (2) even if line does not materially improve, having a consistent running threat at QB will help grease the running game and create additional opportunities for RBs.
     
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  12. sd_gator

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    Agree, The oline never really got push and reestablished the line of scrimmage 2-3 yards down the field. Typically they were stale mating or getting pushed back. When you get a oline that can reestablish your line of scrimmage 2-3 yards down the field now your running backs are even getting touched until they are 3-4 yards downhill. One cut or broken tackle and its a chunk gain 10-15 yds etc. That is where we need to be. The running QB will help the running backs but to get that big play rushing attack we need to get more push up front.

    I think Fred would avg something around that. He had a much better oline in the mid 90s and is probably top 10 if not top 5 backs to play at UF. He averaged almost 6 yds a carry through his career Pretty sure he would have had around 5 yds carry at best with this line. just my opinion I do not think Pierce is an elite back. I think he is an above average back and that is fine. Hopefully the running qb element helps get the most of whoever is lined up back there this year with Emory.
     
  13. gator4ever39

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    Bowman has a minor knee injury.
     
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  14. WC53

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    Will we give the balls to a back, statistically speaking

    :ninja3:
     
  15. shelbygt350

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    The difference at RB this year, assuming the OL plays the same, is the ability of Lingard and Bowman to go 75 yards on one play. Pierce, Davis, even Wright are not that electric "Gone in a Second" RB.
     
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    With EJ under center, there should be some creases and cutback lanes that the more dynamic guys can exploit for home runs and I'd expect Pierce/Wright's ypc to increase in that regard as well.
     
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  17. gator10

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    So could Fred. That’s why I don’t think he averages 4.7 even behind this line. I think the lack of our backs’ ability to go the distance was a major reason our running game was so poor.
     
  18. gator10

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    I agree that Lingard and Bowman should help here.
     
  19. KSAGator

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    Pierce broke long
    runs repeatedly before last year - look it up. As for Fred Taylor: he was one of the most remarkable physical specimens to play RB at any level (including 11,600 yards in the pros). It isn’t “average back” or “Fred Taylor”—there are a lot of shades in between.
     
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  20. gator10

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    I used Fred Taylor because he was a Gator and someone people could relate to. Dameon did average 5.7 YPC in 2019 albeit in clean up duty where YPC are always inflated. I hope he can do that as the primary back this year but if not we must find a back who can.