I listed Mike Pouncey as one of the five seniors I was going to focus on today. I'm glad I did, as he's been one of the biggest stories of the early games.
Pouncey, taking over for his twin brother Maurkice (Steelers' first round pick in '10) as the Gators' starting center, looks every bit the part of a player who has switched positions.
He's started the last 28 games of his career -- earning Second Team All-American honors last year -- at right guard, but he's struggled mightily with shotgun snaps in the opener against Miami of Ohio. His poor snap led to fumbles in the first and third quarters and several other poorly-timed plays.
Pouncey has been consistently low and wide with his snaps, forcing new quarterback John Brantley to divert much more of his attention to securing the snap, rather than eyeing the defense.
Pouncey is far from the only Gator player to blame for the team's ugly first half performance on offense. The high-flying Gators were held to only 13 total yards of offense -- and remember, this is against Miami of Ohio. The RedHawks finished 70th in the country in Total Defense last year.
However, nothing on offense is going to work if the snap isn't completed successfully.
Pouncey is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated senior center prospect for the 2011 draft.
Unless he shows remarkable improvement, he won't be for long.