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Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) joins head coach Dan Mullen, center, in singing their school song after an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Florida won 38-17. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Florida’s Run Game and the Task At Hand

After clinching the SEC East with a win against Tennessee, many are focused on the challenge that lies ahead for Florida: playing Alabama. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement, but running back Nay’Quan Wright said Florida’s coaching staff is preaching a “one game at a time” motto.

There is no game bigger than the next one according to Florida’s coaches.

“We’re just trying to be 1-o this week,” Wright said.

Criticism with Florida’s Run Game

Florida’s run game, or lack there of, against Tennessee on Saturday cannot be ignored. For Florida fans, many are worried this is going to be an issue in due time. Whether it is against the Tigers this weekend or the Tide on Dec. 19, the biggest question is can the Gators run the ball?

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) throws a pass as Kentucky linebacker Jamar Watson (31) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Head coach Dan Mullen said they did not even try much against the Vols. That is because of the success that has surrounded Florida’s passing game and quarterback Kyle Trask nearly all season.

Yards in Neyland Stadium

  • Passing: 433 yards, 4 TD
  • Rushing: 19 yards

The numbers are a little alarming for Gator fans. However, Wright and the rest of the running backs squad has the upmost of confidence in their abilities.

As the saying goes, don’t fix what ain’t broke.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Take a look at Florida’s offensive stats over the past few weeks.

Florida’s Stats Against: 

  • Kentucky
    • Passing: 314 yards
    • Running: 104 yards
  • Vanderbilt
    • Passing: 413 yards
    • Rushing: 173 yards
  • Arkansas
    • Passing: 385 yards
    • Rushing: 208 yards

Clearly there has been a steady decline in the rush game over the course of the season. Wright said he believes the Gators are capable and just need to work on efficiency.

The Task at Hand

The Tigers are coming to town this weekend. The Gators have a chance to go undefeated at home and head to Atlanta on a seven game win streak if they can beat the former National Champions on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

About Maddie Schmidt

Maddie Schmidt's goal is to become a college football reporter. Be sure to check out her sports blog, mygamedaygal.com.

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