Former Florida Gator wide receiver and current analyst on the SEC Network Chris Doering joined “XL Primetime” this week to look back on the first two games of Florida’s 2019 season.
“It was obviously not a great team they were playing against on Saturday night, but I thought they did everything they could have done,” Doering told 1010XL. ”To see the efficiency of which Feleipe Franks threw the football, it was really pretty.
“I thought he did a great job of taking shots down field when that were there and not forcing them when they weren’t. I just thought that he did a nice job moving in the pocket when there was pressure.
“Defensively they get a shutout and it’s nice regardless of who you are playing to pitch a shutout. At the end of the day, I don’t think it could have set up any better, with Florida getting tested by Miami and then getting back out there two weeks later against Tennessee-Martin and having things go as well as they did. I don’t think you could have scripted it much better than that.”
Doering was asked why he believes Dan Mullen is off to such a better start in Gainesville when compared to Florida State head coach Willie Taggart and Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, who like Mullen are also in their second year at their given programs.
“The biggest thing I’ve seen is the culture acceptance at Florida and how guys are thriving in that now,” Doering said. “I don’t think that culture acceptance has been quite as great in Knoxville and I don’t think it’s been quite at all in Tallahassee.
“That’s the first thing you have to do when you come in as a new staff with guys you largely didn’t recruit yourself, is get them to buy in to what you’re selling, believe in the schemes you are implementing and believe to play at a higher level than you have.”
Finally, Doering was asked about Florida and Kentucky this week and if the Wildcats win in 2018 changes the thoughts and feelings of Florida towards Kentucky.
“It definitely feels different,” Doering said. “I believe that this is a game that Florida fans have been circling on the schedule and I don’t think that was ever the case before. I think in the past as Florida fans would go through the schedule, they would right hast ‘W’ right next to the game with the Wildcats and move on.
“I think there is a revenge factor that clearly exists and I think with Kentucky winning that game last year, this rivalry has developed a little mutual distain as opposed to only one-sided distain from Kentucky towards Florida.
“I also think there is some respect for what Mark Stoops has been able to do in Lexington. It’s a place where very few coaches have had success, not only did he have success last year, but I think everyone can see that he is building something more sustainable than any coach in recent history has been able to do in Lexington. I do think that makes it an interesting dynamic heading up that way this week.”
Florida and Kentucky are set for a 7:00 kick this Saturday night and the game can be seen on ESPN.
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