Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Florida Gators season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Florida Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 10-3 overall, 5-3 in SEC
Head Coach: Dan Mullen, 2nd year, 10-3
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FLORIDA OFFENSE
– It was a bit inconsistent, and overall it was sixth in the SEC in yards – 427 yards per game – and fifth in scoring averaging 35 points per game, but the offense was the strongest since the Tim Tebow-Urban Meyer-led juggernaut of 2009. There are plenty of big holes to fill, but the skill parts are there to be even better.
– How fast can the offensive line rebuild? Four of the five starters are gone – hurt mostly by the early departure of OT Jawaan Taylor – but it’s a decent-looking group that appeared to come together in the spring. Senior Nick Buchanan is the veteran at center, but the pressure will be on junior Stone Forsythe after backing up Martez Ivey at left tackle, and junior Jean Delance will get a long look at replacing Taylor on the right side.
– The offensive backfield is rock solid and should be as strong as it’s been in years. Jordan Scarlett is a Carolina Panther now, but Lamical Perine is back after leading the team with 826 yards and seven scores – averaging over six yards per carry – and the combination of the quick sophomores Malik Davis and Dameon Pierce form a good rotation.
– Is QB Feleipe Franks ready to take his game to another level? The raw tools are all there with 6-6, 240-pound size, the arm, and the athleticism to make the pro scouts drool. He’s not consistently accurate – hitting 58% of his throws – but he was interception-free over the last five games and threw just six on the year. Making the situation even better is the emergence of former star recruit Emory Jones, who’s starting to look like a potential playmaking starter, and junior Kyle Trask is a more-than-capable option.
– There’s a whole lot to like in the receiving corps with the top six pass catches returning. Leading target Van Jefferson is back, but he only caught 35 passes for 503 yards and six scores. Trevon Grimes has to find a spot somewhere on the outside, and Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond, and Freddie Swain all need the ball, too. As Franks get stronger and better, and more work is there, this group should blow up.