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Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by gator10, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. GatorRade

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    Maybe. Jones actually ran for 7 yards per carry last year. I think we will definitely see improvement in that area of the offense (with obviously a step back in the passing department).

    The bigger question I think is whether Lingard can return to his previous form. If so, he will be very dangerous.
     
  2. TrueGator

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    I don't think anyone ever really fully returns to previous form after a significant lower body injury... maybe close enough to be good enough, but, seldom as good, or as confident to make cuts and quick starts/stops, as they were.
     
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  3. StrangeGator

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    Pierce is #1A at this point. Reading what I have about Davis and Wright moving to slot makes me think that Lingard is #1B coming out of spring. I expect Bowman to in the thick of things by summer. Hoping he'll gain some weight by then.

    It's going to look a lot different with a DT threat QB and Mullen running his offense. We'll get a better idea of what style of RB will be most successful in this system.
     
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  4. wargunfan

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    We have had our share, perhaps more than our share, of disappointing RBs either through injury or just guys who couldn't step up to college ball. We've had some great ones but also a lot of mediocrities. Let's hope Lingard becomes one of the great ones.
     
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  5. StrangeGator

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    I'm hoping two or three of our current RBs become great ones. There's some serious talent there.
     
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  6. chemgator

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    I remember when this kid came out of a high school in Pensacola who was too small and too slow to play college football. The recruiting gurus all said he was the most over-rated player to come out of high school. But Florida signed him for some strange reason. Apparently Florida was desperate, so they let him play as a freshman. And they continued to play him as a sophomore and a junior. I don't think he amounted to much as a football player, did he? Emmitt something or other. If he had been three inches taller, 20 pounds heavier, and 0.3 seconds faster in the 40, he could have had an NFL career. I wonder what happened to him?
     
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  7. chemgator

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    I remember when a Florida running back had an ACL injury in the 1980's. He was an emotional wreck after that. Could barely get back on the football field. His confidence was shot. It was tragic. Whenever they gave him the ball, you just wanted to look away, but you couldn't. Before the ACL, you started thinking he might make it as a backup with a pro team some day. His name was Emmitt something or other. Anybody know what happened to him?
     
  8. TrueGator

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    One in a million, in more ways than one.
     
  9. reptilenation

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    Vision
     
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  10. Gatuar

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    Emmitt had an ACL? Loaded backfield w Pierce, Davis and Bowman tough to get carries
     
  11. chemgator

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    Yup. Emmitt had almost superhuman vision. He could see where all the defenders who were a threat to tackle him were, and what angles they were taking. He could set them up to think that he would go in one direction, and change to another direction while recalculating where all of the other defenders would be. If he was going to get hit, he could sidestep enough of the tackle to fall forward or avoid injury. It was like the game was going in slow-motion for him as far as processing all the information and reacting to it.
     
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  12. crl

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    ES was one of the most heavily recruited backs ever and could've gone anywhere he wanted despite what that one recruiting moron said. Recruiting "experts" were even dumber back then.
     
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  13. Endless Excuses

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    Emmitts vision was so good he saw best to be a Gator.
     
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  14. Wanne15

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    And balance
     
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  15. Wanne15

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    Escambia played a team from Cali for a national championship put on by USA Today I think it was. Cali team has supposedly the best rb in nation and Escambia was big underdogs. Emmit and Escambia embarrassed them.
     
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    Often wonder how good UF would have been if he stayed for his senior year.
    SOS would have used him well.
     
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  17. gator10

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    Would have been interesting, however, I thought Errict Rhett was awful good under SOS.
     
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  18. atlantagator86

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    There have lots of really great RBs who either ran behind a bad OL or played in a bad system and never made it. But I agree that for a lot of guys, it's their own heads that keep them from making it.
     
  19. grant1

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    If he can't make top 3 in RB rotation, switch him to Safety.
     
  20. grant1

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    Yup, he disappeared his SR year, as I recall, never amounted to anything for us again.
     
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