King: Hogs could get break with Florida 'O' – Newport Independent
LITTLE ROCK — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was something of a disappointment against Georgia.
Maybe expectations were too high because of genes — his father played 11 years in the NFL and is the Oakland Raiders’ coach — or Florida’s perfect record with him in the lineup. Still, Del Rio’s passing numbers were pedestrian, there was no semblance of an option, and not a single predetermined quarterback keeper comes to mind.
His official total of minus 29 yards on four carries reflect sacks and one scramble for a first down
The Gators’ rushing leader is sophomore Jordan Scarlett, who had 26 attempts for 93 yards vs. Georgia and his longest gain was a mere 12 yards. Workmanlike — code for hard-trying but not to be mistaken for Leonard Fournette — describes his performance.
In the same vein, Del Rio’s 15 completions netted only 131 yards and his longest was 21 yards. Giving ground, he threw a first-quarter floater that was easily intercepted and CBS analyst Gary Danielson later criticized him for giving up too quickly on his primary receiver.
Georgia’s defense played a role, but Florida’s lack of big plays is encouraging for Arkansas fans considering the Razorbacks were among only six teams that had given up 10 plays of 50-plus yards through eight games. Maybe more telling, Arkansas’ opponents amassed 108 plays of 10 yards or more during the same period.
Florida’s offense is not in the same league as that of Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama, a trio that ran for almost 1,200 yards while beating Arkansas by 53, 21, and a misleading 19.
During last week’s bye week, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he asked defensive coordinator Robb Smith and his staff what the Razorbacks are going to do to stop the run.
“No more of