Over at The Athletic, G. Allan Taylor ($$) notes that Florida is heading towards starting four fifth-year seniors on the offensive line and asks “Does a year older mean a year better for Gators offensive line?“
If I’m skeptical, it’s only because they have long way to go just to achieve mediocrity status.
That’s the kind of improvement the line needs after last season’s uneven performance:
• Ranking 11th in the SEC, 74th nationally, in yards per carry (4.24)
• Ranking 11th in the SEC, 89th nationally, in rushing yards before contact (1.49)
• Ranking 12th in the SEC, 86th nationally, in pressures allowed on drop-backs (36.08 percent)
Sure, the Gators had their share of injury issues in 2019, but look what happened the first time they didn’t.
The original starting five reassembled for the Georgia game in Week 9, but the result was a season-worst 278 yards overall and a meager 21 rushing on 19 carries (including 29 yards lost on two sacks).
Then again, “better” is a relative term.