How Pro Football Focus graded Florida's players in loss to Arkansas – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain called his team’s trip to Arkansas last weekend a “humbling” experience.
It couldn’t have gone much worse as the Gators took a deflating 31-10 loss that would send them tumbling 12 spots to No. 22 in the AP Top 25 and out of the College Football Playoff rankings entirely.
While the Gators (6-2, 4-2 SEC) are eager to turn the page heading into their final home game of the season this Saturday against South Carolina, here’s one last look at the loss last weekend as the analysts at Pro Football Focus share their detailed grades from Florida’s performance.
PFF evaluates every player on every snap of the game and converts that data into a 1-100 overall grade.
According to their data, Florida’s top performers against the Razorbacks were nickelback Duke Dawson (86.7), defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (82.0) and defensive tackle Taven Bryan (80.7).
Dawson continued his strong play of late with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Bryan was the Gators’ highest-graded run defender.
The PFF data shows that star linebacker Jarrad Davis (37.2 on 48 snaps) was struggling on his injured ankle before ultimately exiting the game in the third quarter due to the injury.
Meanwhile, it’s no surprise that the numbers were especially poor on the offensive side.
Center Cam Dillard (58.5) had the highest grade while playing just 16 snaps before injuring his knee.
The offensive line struggled as a whole as left tackle David Sharpe (51.5), right tackle/guard Fred Johnson (46.6), right tackle Jawaan Taylor (45.5), left guard Martez Ivey (43.4) and right guard/center Tyler Jordan (41.6) all received low grades.
That was clear from the box score as Florida totaled just 12 rushing yards and didn’t have a drive longer than five plays until the