Wuerffel’s Words: “Don’t be too alarmed…”

By Adam Silverstein
September 7, 2010

For the entire month of September, former Florida Gators national championship- and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel will be contributing his post-game thoughts about how the team performed the previous Saturday exclusively here on OGGOA at the beginning of each week.

The 1996 winner of eight football and academic awards, Wuerffel has a unique perspective as a four-year player at Florida who passed for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdowns in his college career. Enshrined in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2006 and set to be immortalized in a statue outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in 2010, he is now the executive director of Desire Street Ministries, which works to revitalize impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.

As I watched the Gators game Saturday, I couldn’t help but remember the countless times in my career I heard a coach harp on us about “the fundamentals” of football. Usually, though, that would be an admonishment about blocking and tackling – the two most basic fundamentals of tackle football.

For the Gators this week, I guess we were all reminded there is one more basic level that comes even before that: the snap – the fundamental exchange between the center and the QB. Without that, blocking doesn’t much matter.

But don’t be too alarmed Gators fans. The first game is often a little sloppy. This problem will be remedied quickly, and we’ll get the chance to see how our new group of athletes can truly play in the coming weeks.

My worst game my senior year was the first one but fortunately for me, no one remembers that one.

As for me, I’m still optimistic about this group of guys and the season ahead. The defense should have a very solid year, and I’m excited to see Johnny Brantley develop as our QB. I think he’s got all the tools to have a great season.

And in case you missed it…Jeff Demps is FAST!

Lots of excitement to come!

Go Gators,

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  1. Jeff says:

    Great post, Danny! I’ve always admired your optimism. The Gators will be fine, I think the defense is gonna surprise some people this year at how good we are. We have a lot of young guys, but it will be a solid bunch that can move to the ball.

    Offensively, I think we will have a great year too. When Johnny B can focus his attention on the defense and where defenders are aligned, he will be able to sling that ball all over the field. God bless Danny, I’ll continue praying for your ministry.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    I agree that we worry a little too much about this game but my biggest concern is still the play calling. Adam, If you speak to Danny, I’d like to hear his thoughts on Adazzio and the plays being called.

  3. Michial Brown says:

    Praise God for your ministry with Desire Street and encouraging words for us Gator fans after that wild first game.

  4. Michelle says:

    Great post Danny! I’m looking forward to more of your posts this month and seeing you at Tampa Gator Club’s luncheon on October 1st.

  5. npgator says:

    Danny is absolutely correct! I bitched every year about the first game except for once in which we ended up having a sub par season. I think this week we will see the real Florida Gators!

  6. Gatorbuc15 says:

    That was an excellent post Danny! You make some very valid points. Like you, I’m confident that the Gators will play much better this Saturday.

    GO GATORS!!!!!!

  7. Bert says:

    Great post Danny!!!

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