The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Florida Gators.
No. 17: Florida Gators
Spring Practice Starts: March 16
Spring Game: April 14
Florida Gators Spring Status
Just be interesting.
Florida is supposed to be in the hunt for the national title each and every year, and it’s at least supposed to be in the mix for the SEC East championship, but even when it was winning division championships under Jim McElwain, the team was boring.
It’s okay to win games with great defenses and tough running games, but it’s Florida. There needs to be a passing attack.
New head man Dan Mullen might not have the parts in place to wing it all over the yard, but considering he made Mississippi State a success with fun, interesting offenses he’s supposed to do the same with the Gators in a big hurry.
Everyone returns on the offensive front, and the linebacking corps is loaded. But it’s all about what Mullen gets out of his quarterback.
That’s what this entire offseason is for.
Florida Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. Wide receiver might just be the bigger problem, but the quarterback situation has to be figured out as soon as possible. Feleipe Franks has the talent to be special, but he needs more time and seasoning.
He’s got all of the tools to be special, but star recruit Emory Jones will get every chance to earn the gig. Kyle Trask and Jake Allen are around, but it’s Franks and Jones who’ll be battling up until the opener.
Florida Biggest Issue
Just start scoring again. The receivers weren’t there, the passing game wasn’t there, the third down conversions weren’t there, and the long drives weren’t there. And the consistent points really weren’t there.
It helped the Gators in the PR department that Tennessee was so painfully bad offensively, but Florida wasn’t far off. going five straight SEC games failing to score more than 21 points and put up just 22 against FSU. By the way, Mississippi State only failed to score fewer than 24 twice.
Florida Biggest Positive
The O line. Getting Martez Ivey back for another year at left tackle was a big plus, and now all five starters return. Granted, the offensive front didn’t do enough for the running game, and they allowed 37 sacks, but at least there’s experience. Now the coaching staff has to do something with all of the parts.
Really, Why Are The Florida Gators Ranked Here?
It’s not going to take a whole lot of work to come up with a big turnaround right away. The secondary might need a whole lot of work, the defensive tackle combination of Taven Bryan and Jordan Sherit are done, and finding receivers who can play would be nice.
Set the expectations high for Mullen. He really is a star coach, and he really was a great get for the program. Now it all has to happen right away.