As we prepare to expand our college football advanced stats coverage for the 2016 season, we’re working our way back through 2015 for a few teams. On Tuesday, we released our latest addition with Florida’s advanced stats.
Looking back over the Gators stats, here’s a look at a few of the most noteworthy numbers from their 2015 season:
Jalen Tabor will make fans forget about Vernon Hargreaves
If Tabor isn’t already better than Hargreaves, it’s a safe bet he’ll surpass him during the 2016 season.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Hargreaves often drew the more difficult assignment but still encouraging to see Tabor truly dominate his side of the field.
Based on this performance, he appears more than ready to take over for VH3 as the Gators No. 1 cornerback.
Treon Harris couldn’t handle pressure
If the currently-suspended Treon Harris ever plays quarterback again (at Florida or elsewhere) he needs to learn to handle pressure.
In 2015, Harris completed just 27.8 percent of his pass attempts under pressure. Sure, he wasn’t surrounded by the best talent, but Will Grier managed to complete 53.3 percent of his passes under pressure.
While the Gators offense struggled as a whole, it certainly appears as though Harris’ inability to handle increased pressure was a major reason why the offense fell flat late in the season.
Gators offensive line was a mess
Harris couldn’t handle pressure, but the offensive line sure didn’t help him out.
The main culprit was right tackle Mason Halter, who has since graduated. Halter allowed 31 total pressures (20 hurries, 5 hits, 6 sacks).
To put that number into perspective, LSU’s entire starting offensive line allowed 44 pressures combined.
Left tackle David Sharpe added another 29 pressures, giving their primary LT/RT duo a combined 60 pressures allowed.
Bryan Cox needs to step up
With many of the stars of the defense departed for the NFL (especially Jonathan Bullard), Bryan Cox needs to step up to fill that void.
Cox finished second on the team (behind Jarrad Davis) with 20 QB pressures a season ago, but the issue was his tackling ability. Cox missed a team-worst 24 percent of his tackle attempts in 2015—a worse rate than any of the defensive backs even (Tabor was next at 22.2%).
Florida doesn’t have the support behind Cox this year (especially due to the loss of Keanu Neal) for him to continue to make mistakes at that rate.