Florida offensive linemen respond to, brush off criticism from LSU defensive star – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As if there hadn’t been enough already said about this Florida-LSU matchup, enter Tigers defensive end Arden Key.
When asked his thoughts on Florida quarterback Austin Appleby, Key countered instead with a critical review of the Gators’ offensive line.
“I mean, he’s under pressure. There’s nothing much he can do,” Key told LSU reporters Monday. “The offensive line’s not that good at pass blocking. Run blocking, I feel like the right side is stronger than the left side. They’re going to run behind the right tackle. We’re ready for them to come out. We’ll see what they’ve got.”
No. 21 Florida finished its 20-7 win over South Carolina on Saturday down three starting offensive linemen.
Center Cam Dillard (knee) remains out, left tackle David Sharpe (ankle) is also likely to miss the game this week at No. 16 LSU and right guard/center Tyler Jordan (ankle) is questionable as he tries to work his way back.
The unit has had its ups and downs all season, but the performance of the depleted offensive line was actually one of the big positives for the Gators over the weekend.
And, naturally, Key’s comments were not well received in the Florida locker room.
“They were talking about it in the locker room and then somebody showed me. After that, I was like, ‘OK, they were just talking. It doesn’t affect me,’” backup right guard/tackle Fred Johnson said.
Florida rushed for 171 yards on 4.6 yards per carry and yielded only one sack in the victory, but the line struggled mightily the week prior in a 31-10 loss at Arkansas. The Gators netted only 12 rushing yards in that game and gave up 3 sacks.
And it sounds like the criticism didn’t totally bounce off Johnson.
Prior to being asked specifically