Florida’s offense continues to struggle in defeat

by Gary Shelton on October 15, 2017 · 0 comments

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Franks hasn't been the cure for the Gators' offense/CARMEN MANDATO

Franks hasn't been the cure for the Gators' offense/CARMEN MANDATO

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McElwain still looking for a good offense./CARMEN MANDATO

McElwain still looking for a good offense./CARMEN MANDATO

Three years into the Jim McElwain era, and the Florida Gators remain stuck in the mud.

They are going nowhere, and they are doing very little. They are not growing, not improving and not dangerous.

The Gators lost again Saturday, 19-17 to Texas A&M, continuing an offensive funk that has continued since McElwain took over. This time, three fourth-quarter field goals by A&M did the trick.

“Offensively, on third downs in the second half, we’ve got to stay on the field to give ourselves an opportunity to be successful,”

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Davis gained 97 yards for Florida./CARMEN MANDATO

Davis gained 97 yards for Florida./CARMEN MANDATO

McElwain said. “We just need to go ahead and complete them (third downs). Plan’s good, the execution piece needs to get better. I thought we turned it around on the other side pretty good from a week ago, but like I said, you’ve got to stay on the field.”

The Gators passed for only 129 yards against A&M. Feleipe Franks' final pass — when a field goal would have won it — was intercepted.

On the Gators next-to-last possession, the team failed to pick up a third-and-one, then chose to punt rather than go for it. The Aggies then drove for the field goal.

Dodson intercepts Franks in the fourth quarter./CARMEN MANDATO

Dodson intercepts Franks in the fourth quarter./CARMEN MANDATO

McElwain was asked if he will evaluate the quarterback position this week. “We’ll do just what we do every week.”

The Gators are 3-3 with wins over Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

“Heading into this bye week, it’s hard to have a loss going into a bye week, and yet we’ll have an opportunity to work some things this week in practice. We’ll get some good work in getting ready for Georgia. I believe in these guys, I believe in this team and I will continue to do that and we’ll continue to push and get a little bit better. We’ve got a lot of ball ahead of us, a lot of good teams and we’re going to go take care of business.”
The Gators play Georgia in Jacksonville in two weeks.

Perine scored the Gators' first touchdown from 15 yards out./CARMEN MANDATO

Perine scored the Gators' first touchdown from 15 yards out./CARMEN MANDATO

 

 

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