Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT South Sarasota, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in South Sarasota, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
Talk about a shakeup taking place throughout the South Suncoast region. Some results that emerge from the rainy weather we get seemingly every Friday were surprising to say the least. Much can be said about the performance of Brody Wiseman’s Sarasota Sailors upending a Palmetto Tigers team that many expected to be better than last year. The Sailors will certainly be a team on the rise as the season continues. Manatee went into Braden River needing to win a grind-it-out kind of game and Jacquez Green’s group did just that. Can&rsq...
Talk about a shakeup taking place throughout the South Suncoast region. Some results that emerge from the rainy weather we get seemingly every Friday were surprising to say the least. Much can be said about the performance of Brody Wiseman’s Sarasota Sailors upending a Palmetto Tigers team that many expected to be better than last year. The Sailors will certainly be a team on the rise as the season continues. Manatee went into Braden River needing to win a grind-it-out kind of game and Jacquez Green’s group did just that. Can’t say we are shocked Port Charlotte bounced back, but they did so in dominant fashion over a previously undefeated Ida Baker crew. Sarasota Riverview finally got win No. 1 on the season when they got by Richard Young and the Lehigh Lightning. IMG Academy White traveled into Pasco County to face off versus Zephyrhills and overpowered the Bulldogs. So many good games to go over and we’ve got you covered in our Week 4 recap of the South Suncoast.
Week 4 results
Sarasota 16, Palmetto 7: No first half points? No problem for Sarasota in its upset win over Palmetto on Friday night. The Tigers led 7-0 at halftime thanks to a Zander Smith touchdown pass. The second half was all Sailors, however, as they scored all 16 of their points in the final two quarters. Sarasota quarterback Alexander Diaz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Pack and running back Jaden Judge scored from seven yards out in the win.
Manatee 10, Braden River 7: If you liked defense and running the football, you missed a good one between the Hurricanes and Pirates. Manatee needed a 16-yard Cory Sanders touchdown run and a 26-yard field goal from Joseph Colonneso to come away at 4-0. Braden River running back Trayvon Pinder ended with a game-high 121 yards.
Port Charlotte 35, Ida Baker 0: On the road against an undefeated Ida Baker squad, Edd Guerrier and the Pirates made sure to give the host team its first loss. Instead of relying on throwing the ball around the yard, the Pirates instead ran the ball plenty. Guerrier scored twice and rushed for over 100 yards to lead Port Charlotte.
IMG Academy White 36, Zephyrhills 22: The Ascenders traveled north into east Pasco County and took on a Bulldogs team they doubled in numbers. Facing a Zephyrhills team that features one of the top sophomores in the country in safet DJ Pickett, IMG Academy got up 22-7 and never trailed in this game.
Sarasota Riverview 31, Lehigh 28: When you can outmatch Richard Young with your own running back, you’re winning. That’s what happened for the Rams as Lauriel Trotman III rushed for a game-high 138 yards in Sarasota Riverview’s win over the Lightning. The win is the first for the Rams this season after starting 0-3.
St. Frances Academy (MD) 34, Venice 17
Parrish Community 26, Avon Park 19
Wesley Chapel Cypress Creek 34, Bayshore 0
Naples Lely 38, Southeast 3
Sarasota Booker 42, North Port 7
Lakewood Ranch 28, Celebration 8
Calvary Christian 35, Cardinal Mooney 6
North Fort Myers 37, Lemon Bay 0
IMG Academy Blue 14, Akelynn’s 0
Evangelical Christian 34, Bradenton Christian 0
Out-of-Door Academy 50, Bishop McLaughlin 0
Fort Myers Canterbury 42, Saint Stephen’s 21
Andy Villamarzo can be reached at [email protected]
Now that we are free to travel to support our global business development strategy, our team at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. is wasting no time. We’re arranging meetings with corporate decision-makers and traveling to targeted industry gatherings to discuss the Bradenton area’s assets as a business location.This year we are particularly focused on the aviation industry, which is a fast-growing sector that already has a foothold in our region. More than 50 employers in the industry operate in Manatee and Sa...
Now that we are free to travel to support our global business development strategy, our team at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. is wasting no time. We’re arranging meetings with corporate decision-makers and traveling to targeted industry gatherings to discuss the Bradenton area’s assets as a business location.
This year we are particularly focused on the aviation industry, which is a fast-growing sector that already has a foothold in our region. More than 50 employers in the industry operate in Manatee and Sarasota counties, and the aviation sector accounts for 16% of Manatee County’s workforce. Research conducted for the Bradenton Area EDC forecasts a 14% growth rate in the aviation/aerospace industry in the Manatee-Sarasota region.
In the meetings our team has conducted this year at trade shows in Texas and England, we are finding intense interest in the ecosystem available to aviation businesses in the Bradenton area. We can offer a rare combination that hits all the right buttons with companies that conduct aviation maintenance and repair operations (MRO).
First, we have on-field building sites available at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. MRO businesses need that direct runway access to quickly repair aircraft and get planes flying again without waiting for spare parts to be delivered or maintenance technicians to arrive.
Second, we will soon offer a pipeline of maintenance professionals that MRO businesses need. We expect the new Aviation Maintenance Training school at SRQ to welcome its first cohort of students in 2023.
The School District of Manatee County is building the school – to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration – on SRQ property. Training will be provided by Manatee Technical College and Suncoast Technical College to prepare students for FAA licenses in airframe and aircraft powerplant maintenance. Concurrently, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is developing courses and modules for certifications in aviation-focused business and management.
And third, we offer programs to support businesses that want to grow here. One example is rapid response permitting through Manatee County Government for qualified businesses. Another example are programs through Space Florida, an independent special district of the state. One of the most frequently used tools in the Space Florida toolbox is called conduit financing, which allows a company to access cash quickly and defer payment while using existing capital more strategically.
Space Florida can provide financial efficiencies for businesses by constructing deals that lower overhead and operating costs on an annual basis. One way to do this is with a synthetic lease: a kind of operating lease structured so that it’s not recorded as an asset or liability on a balance sheet. Instead, it’s an expense. The biggest benefit to a synthetic lease is it enables businesses to defer large expenditures or spread them out over multiple years.
Our contacts in the aviation industry domestically and abroad confirm that we have crafted a rare combination of on-field sites, talent pipeline and support programs that “get” what businesses need. They are impressed by the creative thinking and collaborative attitude among our diverse partners.
I invite you to learn more about the strategy for expanding the Bradenton area’s aviation industry in our August Monthly Minute-ish video, available on our YouTube channel (youtu.be/1RIA8mN728U). We also will share more highlights during our Annual Update Luncheon on Oct. 28 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Register online at bradentonareaedc.com/events.
Hooters is the place to catch all of the football games this season with wings, beers, burgers and Hooters Girls. In addition to offering NFL Sunday Ticket to watch games, the local Hooters locations have beer specials where you keep the cup and football themed cocktails where you keep the glass.Watch football and drink a Bud Light, Miller Light or Heineken Beer and keep the football themed souvenir cup. Or are you feeling like a cocktail, try several new sports themed drinks where you keep the glass. Choices include Bucs Punch (The O...
Hooters is the place to catch all of the football games this season with wings, beers, burgers and Hooters Girls. In addition to offering NFL Sunday Ticket to watch games, the local Hooters locations have beer specials where you keep the cup and football themed cocktails where you keep the glass.
Watch football and drink a Bud Light, Miller Light or Heineken Beer and keep the football themed souvenir cup. Or are you feeling like a cocktail, try several new sports themed drinks where you keep the glass. Choices include Bucs Punch (The Official G.O.A.T) made with Absolut Citron, strawberry puree and lemonade ($11), The Ray Finkle (Laces out Dan!) made with Sauza Tequila and sparkling grapefruit ($9), Undefeated Margarita (17-0, Our Classic Rita with a touch of 1972 Orange) featuring Sauza Tequila and Tres Agaves Tequila ($9) and Fins Up (The LIT meets South Beach Dolphins Style) with Sauza Tequila, Bacardi, Rum, Absolut Vodka and Tanqueray Gin with a splash of blue curacao ($11).
16 South Florida Hooters locations:
Hooters of Beach Place (17 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd Suite 305, Fort Lauderdale) 954-767-0014
Hooters of Boca Raton (2240 NW 19 Street, Suite 1101-A, Boca Raton) 561 -391-8903
Hooters of Coral Way (3301 Coral Way, Miami) 305-873-6166
Hooters of Doral (8695 NW 13TH Terrace, Miami, FL 33126) 305-593-5088
Hooters of Hialeah (680 w. 49TH Street, Hialeah, FL 33012) 305-827-8000
Hooters of Fort Lauderdale (6345 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) 954-928-0026
Hooters of Pembroke Pines (7990 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines) 954-962-6330
Hooters of Sunrise (3805 N University Drive, Sunrise) 954-748-1000
Hooters of Weston (2282 Weston Road, Weston) (954) 990-7047
Hooters of Bradenton (4908 14TH Street W, Bradenton) 941-758-1175
Hooters of Cape Coral (3120 Del Prado Boulevard, Cape Coral) 239-945-4700
Hooters of Fort Myers (4411 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers) 239 275-4666
Hooters of Fort Myers Beach (1600 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach) 239-463-6033
Hooters of Naples (3625 Gateway Lane, Naples) 239-513-9964
Hooters of Port Charlotte (1360 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte) 941-625-0200
Hooters of Sarasota (6507 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota) 941-923-4666
LTP Management, a Franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 16 locations in South Florida. For more information about South Florida Hooters please visit www.HootersFlorida.com or follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Instagram @SouthFLHooters and Facebook @HootersFlorida.
Poke Ballers Mart caters to people of all ages who are obsessed with Pokémon cards, games and shows.Remember those kids in the late ’90s and early 2000s who were obsessed with Pokémon cards, cartoons and video games? Well, those kids are all grown up now, with careers and kids of th...
Poke Ballers Mart caters to people of all ages who are obsessed with Pokémon cards, games and shows.
Remember those kids in the late ’90s and early 2000s who were obsessed with Pokémon cards, cartoons and video games? Well, those kids are all grown up now, with careers and kids of their own—and, for many of them, their Pokémon obsession never faded.
For Kirill Lavrentyev, 33, Pokémon has turned into a full-fledged business. Like so many, he moved to Sarasota with his wife and kids last year after deciding a double lockdown— one for a pandemic, another due to freezing Minneapolis winter temperatures—wasn’t all that fun. A forever Pokémon fan, he took note when he arrived that there wasn’t a dedicated Pokémon storefront in Sarasota, so he recently opened Poke Ballers Mart near Webber Street and Beneva Road.
“I grew up with Pokémon,” says Lavrentyev. “It’s nostalgic to me and was a big hobby of mine. Those of us from about 27 to 35 years old have our own adult money now and are reliving the hobby. There’s a lot of new generation kids coming on, too.”
For those of you who don’t know, the Pokémon plot goes like this: The protagonists are pre-teens who strike out from home with their fictional creatures called Pokémon (Japanese for “pocket monsters”). The cartoon series follows Ash Ketchum, a young trainer, and his partner Pokémon Pikachu, the adorable yellow character that has become the brand’s icon. The goal of a Pokémon trainer is to have his or her Pokémon battle against other Pokémon to become stronger. If a Pokémon earns enough battle experience, it can evolve into another, more powerful creature.
There are games, cards, movies, plushies, tournaments and more. One card fetched more than $5 million in an auction. It’s an extensive franchise with no end in sight.
“It’s an easygoing, fun hobby you can share with your kids and bond over, even if you know nothing about it,” says Lavrentyev. A large part of the appeal of the cards is the mystery of not knowing what you might get when you open a pack of cards. Millions watch online videos of people simply doing just that.
You can find the cards at most big box retailers, but what’s different about Lavrentyev’s 400-square-foot shop is that he stocks original Japanese cards in addition to the English language ones, his prices are better and he gets the latest product. “When I was starting out, I’d spend days on Google Maps Tokyo finding shops, then translating my emails to make business connections,” he says. “I landed a couple and when they receive the product they FedEx it to me.”
His cards are also authentic. Many of the shop’s customers have purchased fakes on Amazon. Another reason the Japanese cards are coveted is that “the colors are more brilliant, and they’re cut perfectly,” says Lavrentyev. Plus, they fetch higher grades from companies that evaluate the quality of cards. (One local company grades Pokémon cards on a scale of one to 10, at times potentially tripling their value, depending on their condition.)
Before leaving real estate behind to open Poke Ballers Mart, Lavrentyev built an impressive online audience by filming himself opening rare packs and boxes. In less than two years, his Youtube channel, Poke_Ballers earned more than 100,000 followers, in addition to tens of thousands more on his TikTok and Instagram channels. He’s also “become a top 5 percent online Pokémon store on Whatnot, which is the fastest growing e-commerce platform in the west,” he says. “It’s like eBay with live auction trading.”
Sarasoa’s William Asselstine, a 29-year-old self-professed lover of anything nerdy, found Lavrentyev and Poke Ballers online.
“I saw him on Instagram with a card I wanted to collect a week before it was supposed to be coming out,” says Asselstine. “I looked at the location and saw Sarasota and saw he had just opened the shop. I went in and we’ve been friends since.” With a personal Pokémon card collection worth between $20,000 to $30,000, Asselstine, too, has a Pokémon-themed Youtube channel called AlbinoManatee that focuses on connecting with others through raffle giveaways.
“It’s a cool way to meet people all over the world and I’ve shipped cards to the Philippines, Australia, South Africa and Brazil,” says Asselstine. “I like to share the cards with people who can’t afford to open the packs themselves, or someone I know who says he’d love a card and, if I find it, I love to send it. The cool thing about Pokémon is there are 700 different ones and it’s fun to connect over which ones you love.”
To those who don’t partake, it may sound silly, but the flames of Pokémon fandom are being stoked for the next generation both online and at the shop.
“The storefront is about finding a like-minded community,” says Lavrentyev. “I’m meeting moms while kids are playing cards. The kids are meeting each other. The parents are bonding with their kids. This has become more of a pillar of the community. Kids come in and say, ‘Hey I just saw you on YouTube,’ and get excited.”
Lavrentyev is working on becoming certified by the Pokémon brand so that, in the future, he can hold tournaments and teach people how to play. Hopefully, “in a year or two, we’ll outgrow the space,” he says.
Poke Ballers Mart is located at 3575 Webber St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more info, visit the shop’s website.
Photo: Florida's Brenton Cox Jr. tackles USF's Michel Dukes; Credit: Alex Shepherd The Florida Gators missed 11 tackles, per Pro Football Focus, and allowed 286 rushing yards en route to a narrow, 31-28 victory over a USF Bulls team that was blown out at home by BYU in Week 1 and struggled to separate from FCS Howard until the second half in Week 2.It was a showing reminiscent of Florida's inexcusable, 70-52 nail-biter of a win over FCS Samford at home last year. The Gators' troubles with run defense also felt eerily s...
Photo: Florida's Brenton Cox Jr. tackles USF's Michel Dukes; Credit: Alex Shepherd
The Florida Gators missed 11 tackles, per Pro Football Focus, and allowed 286 rushing yards en route to a narrow, 31-28 victory over a USF Bulls team that was blown out at home by BYU in Week 1 and struggled to separate from FCS Howard until the second half in Week 2.
It was a showing reminiscent of Florida's inexcusable, 70-52 nail-biter of a win over FCS Samford at home last year. The Gators' troubles with run defense also felt eerily similar to LSU's 321-yard ground game against UF last year in Baton Rouge (La.).
But in head coach Billy Napier's eyes, UF didn't falter against an inferior opponent as much as the inferior opponent (which he would never consider the Bulls to be) elevated into a threatening team on Saturday night.
"Hats off to South Florida," Napier remarked after the win. "We made it hard, but I tell you what — a lot of that had to do with South Florida and their execution.”
Napier credited the Bulls for their offensive showing in particular, applauding the experience of quarterback Gerry Bohanon and other transfers that make up USF's skill positions as well as head coach Jeff Scott and his coaching staff's gameplan.
"They blocked us well, gave us some unique concepts," Napier explained. "I think it was really good design. They involved the quarterback in the read game, some really unique stuff. Some things we hadn't seen on film."
Perhaps UF should have seen Bohanon's run game usage coming? He posted nine rushing touchdowns as Baylor's starting quarterback a year ago and ended the night as USF's second-leading rusher at 102 yards, to go with a 12-of-28 passing line for 116 yards.
It was running back Brian Battie, though, who was the biggest beneficiary of USF's run game success. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Sarasota (Fla.) native churned out 150 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, his biggest gain of 51 yards being the result of pre-snap shifting and motion by the Bulls' offense that confused Florida's defense on 4th and 1.
The blunders came down to a matter of defensive execution, Napier explained.
"I do think that we’re in good calls. I think it’s more about execution — first, second and third level, being on the same page," Napier said about UF's defensive performance. "I'm pretty confident when you go watch the tape, that you’ll see one player maybe not doing what they were supposed to do.
"When you involve the quarterback in the read game, it causes you to be assignment-sound. There were times we were out of our gap out there."
It became increasingly clear how much UF misses linebacker Ventrell Miller, who is currently nursing a lower-body injury and was inactive on Saturday, as freshman linebackers Scooby Williams and Shemar James at times struggled with gap integrity and alignment in response to shifts. The Gators' front four was also pushed around consistently throughout the game.
Still, Napier was happy that the young linebackers were able to gain necessary experience and make some "critical stops" in Miller's absence. James notably recovered a fumble on USF's first drive.
James' fumble recovery, cornerback Jalen Kimber's second-quarter 39-yard pick-six and nickel corner Tre'Vez Johnson's fourth-quarter interception that set up a lead-recapturing, Trevor Etienne rushing touchdown ultimately kept Florida in the game, Napier noted.
"Credit our defense, they affected the quarterback and we knocked it off of them in the first possession and then we made him throw it to us twice," Napier said. "So, I mean those are takeaways. I think that's a big part of playing good defense."
Turnovers are a double-edged sword, though, and they hurt Florida almost as often as they helped on Saturday night. Quarterback Anthony Richardson had another underwhelming showing with his second two-interception game in a row, and one of his picks led to a USF touchdown that narrowed UF's lead to three points in the third quarter.
Richardson finished the game completing 10-of-18 attempts for 112 yards. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season.
Much like his comments after the Kentucky loss, Napier pinned Richardson's interceptions on the quarterback's inexperience, making just his fourth career start.
“You try to keep it technical," Napier said, recalling his conversations with Richardson following turnovers. "I think it’s important that he has the process and that he understands what happened and why it happened. The good thing is, he does.
"He made a lot of good plays out there, but there were plays he made mistakes on, much like every player. I think you just try to create an environment where a guy can learn and can continue to grow and develop as a player. No matter what you say in a practice environment when you make mistakes in a game setting and you have success in a game setting, that becomes more real to you. You live and learn in those experiences."
While Florida, a 24-point favorite entering the matchup, is routinely expected to handle these types of games with relative ease to the talent gap between SEC and American Conference rosters, Napier refused to acknowledge USF as a lesser team to Florida leading up to and after the game.
Instead, Napier considered the Bulls a "high-quality" opponent that made things difficult for the Gators at times.
"I don’t care who they played, or who we played, the Gators played South Florida tonight and we did enough to win," Napier proclaimed. "That’s a credit to our players for sticking together, for competing through the adversity of the game. They made mistakes, we made mistakes. We made enough plays to win."
First-year Gators running back and Louisiana transfer Montrell Johnson, whose 103-yard performance played a huge part in UF winning the game, viewed the situation quite differently, however.
"We’ve gotta get better as a team. I don’t think they could play with us, to be honest with you," Johnson stated on Saturday. “I was really surprised.”
Napier shouldn't be expected to do anything but respect Florida's opponents on the mic, but the difference in tone between the head coach and one of the Gators' star players is stark.
It leaves one to wonder, was Florida's second win of Napier's tenure a concerning one when it comes to the team's trajectory, or simply a hard-fought contest by a formidable foe?
The Gators' first road matchup of the season, against No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday, may offer some clarity in hindsight.
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