Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp

Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp

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Preview 2018: Florida Gators. Bringing Fun Back To The Swamp


What You Need To Know About The Florida Offense

– And here comes the offense. Florida will try to have more fun with its attack, it’ll go at a quicker pace, and it’ll ask for a whole lot more from an attack that finished 108th in the nation in scoring and second-to-last in the SEC in total yards. The days of slow and stodgy are gone.

But first, Dan Mullen and co-offensive coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales have to make a definitive call on a quarterback.

Feleipe Franks is the best talent with the size, the arm, the tools and the upside to grow into the job if allowed more time – and with the better coaching. However, Kyle Trask had a great offseason and looked good enough to be a solid option – but as a backup. Emory Jones is the super-recruit, but he didn’t show much of anything to prove he’s ready to jump in right away.

– There’s talent at receiver, but now they all need the ball more. And everyone has to stay healthy. It might take a little while to find the right rotation, and to get the starting pieces in place and settled, but – throwing in a good tight end situation – this might just be the teams biggest area of improvement.

Tyrie Cleveland is the best of a decent lot, with the upside to be the deep threat who can finally start to stretch the field. Van Jefferson is an Ole Miss transfer who’ll eventually star on the inside, and Kadarius Toney is coming off a good freshman season with the upside to be got-to guy who moves the chains.

– It was a rough, rough year for the offensive line, but at least there’s experience returning. Martez Ivey hasn’t quite been the superstar hoped for as a top recruit, but he’s an okay veteran who can start at guard or move out to left tackle. Tyler Jordan can play just about anywhere – he’ll likely work at guard, and there will be a fight for center and right tackle.

They all have to pave the way for a ground game that sputtered for just 156 yards per game, but gets back almost all of the key parts. Lamical Perine led the team with 562 yards and eight scores, but Malik Davis might just be the best back if he’s healthy again after suffering a knee injury. Best of all, Jordan Scarlett – who led the team with 889 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 – is back after being suspended all of last year.

Biggest Key To The Florida Offense

It’s sounds simple, but MOVE. It says something that Tennessee’s offense went through an epic power outage when it couldn’t do anything right and Vanderbilt’s O wasn’t anything great, and Florida was still dead last in the SEC in first downs and 13th in third down conversions.

It starts with a line that struggled in pass protection and wasn’t as tough or as physical as it needed to be, but the quarterback play has to step up and shine, and the rest of the skill players need to play up to their talent.

Better tempo, better play on key downs, and keep everything moving.

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