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Might RB Taylor Be The Star Skill Player Florida’s Been Longing For

NCAA Football: Florida-Spring PracticeReaders of this site know that we’ve been pointing to Florida’s lack of skill players since Tim Tebow left Gainesville.  It’s become a trendy topic this year, but we’ve been pointing to it in semi-defense of guys like John Brantley, Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy.  The problem isn’t new.  The Gators haven’t had dependable, scary, every-down playmakers on offense in several seasons.

Ah, but might they have finally found their man?  Someone to take some of the heat off of their quarterback?

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease seems to think freshman running back Kelvin Taylor has the potential to be that guy:

 

“Kelvin has improved tremendously.  I’m not sure how you guys view it, but I’m excited about Kelvin.  I think he’s really come on with the game experience.  When you go back and look at the film, there’s still spots you say, ‘Here’s what you need to do, here what you need to understand more.’  But in the same sense, he’s getting all these things.

And he’ll get better and better.  I want to see him in his third or fourth year.  He’s going to probably be outstanding.”

 

You can bet Pease would like to see him in his third or fourth year.  Most feel that Pease will be pushed overboard by Muschamp this offseason.

Taylor’s workload has increased as the season has worn on, culminating in a 96-yard effort last week at South Carolina (when everyone in Williams-Brice Stadium knew Florida had decided to run, run, run and run some more).

 

  Opponent   Attempts   Yards   Avg/Att   TDs
  Toledo   5   43   8.60   0
  Miami (FL)   DNP   DNP   DNP   DNP
  Tennessee   1   3   3.00   0
  Kentucky   DNP   DNP   DNP   DNP
  Arkansas   DNP   DNP   DNP   DNP
  LSU   10   52   5.20   0
  Missouri   12   74   6.17   1
  Georgia   20   76   3.80   0
  Vanderbilt   14   47   3.36   1
  S. Carolina   21   96   4.57   4

 

Look, Taylor’s numbers don’t exactly put him in the Heisman race.  But considering the fact opposing defenses know that Florida will run the vast majority of the time, Taylor’s play over the last four games has been a positive development.

In a season with very few positive developments in Gainesville.

 


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