Florida’s James Houston IV Reacts to Loss Against Texas A&M & Talks Defensive Issues
Lack of execution on defense and relying on the offense was a visual affirmation of the weaknesses in the Florida Gators game play Saturday against the Aggies.
Texas A&M took a 41-38 home win against Florida and proved that even with a shining quarterback in Kyle Trask and some dazzling play by the supporting cast of the offense, the Gators remain vulnerable on the defensive side.
James Houston IV had a media discussion where he responded to frustrations of the defense and not being able to reciprocate his offense’s ability to execute.
“We know we have a very powerful offense. We know we can be in high scoring matches and win – come out with the win. But, we ended up with an L today. Defense has to execute a little bit more if we want to come out of those battles W’s.”
A follow-up question to this had Houston describing the difference between this season’s and last season’s defensive touchdowns allowed total. The point of emphasis: 15 touchdowns given up last season through eight SEC games – 13 touchdowns given up through 3 games the current season.
“I would say overall it’s probably execution – front and back end – the whole defense. Also, I would say we have an all SEC schedule. It’s basically an NFL schedule, so we got to go to work. We’re going to face some very good offenses, some very good teams. A&M had a fifth year starting quarterback for their team, so that’s almost like an NFL quarterback. I’m sure he’ll go to the league and do pretty well. So yeah, execution is probably the biggest thing we need to get better at moving forward.”