Matt Hayes isn’t particularly impressed with this year’s version of the Florida Gators.
Florida’s best running back is a transfer portal signee from Louisiana.
Florida’s best offensive lineman is a transfer portal signee from Louisiana.
Florida’s best wide receiver is a transfer portal signee from Arizona State.
Stop me when you think this is a healthy SEC program.
That same source told me the first level of players — the starters on offense and defense — “can win games.” After that, “there are guys who shouldn’t even be (on the roster).”
… Florida likes to see itself as a top-10 program. Imagine Georgia or Ohio State or Clemson with Group of 5 school transfers as their best players at critical positions on the field.
Imagine those schools so void of talent at quarterback, the most important position on the field, their season will collapse if anything happens to the one player with talent (Anthony Richardson).
But it’s not just the offense. The front seven on defense has no players of impact, no one on the edge who can consistently disrupt a passing game and no one in the middle who can consistently blow up run games.
When the preseason All-SEC teams were announced in July after Media Days, Florida had 1 player on the first-team offense: guard O’Cyrus Torrence, the transfer from Louisiana. The Gators didn’t have another offensive player on the second or third teams.
Florida had 2 players overall on the first and second teams, including DE Brenton Cox on the second team. A school that likes to think of itself as a top-10 program, had 2 players among the 44 top players in the SEC — one who just transferred into the program.