Key Question No. 17 - Where's The Florida O?
Florida QB Jeff Driskel
Florida QB Jeff Driskel
Posted Aug 23, 2013

Key Question No. 17 - Can the Florida offense finally locate a pulse?

17. Can the Florida offense finally locate a pulse?

Richard Cirminiello: Yeah, but it'll be the kind of slow and inconsistent pulse that precedes fainting … or worse. While QB Jeff Driskel is a year older, he still has a way to go as a passer. Not helping the cause, it might have been a bad omen that he had to undergo emergency appendectomy surgery at the end of July. RB Matt Jones has a high ceiling, yet little experience and health concerns, and the receivers and O-line won't scare good SEC defenses. The Gators might be improved based solely on the fact that Driskel is a second-year starter and Brent Pease is a second-year coordinator, but improving on last year's 103rd national ranking won't exactly make Florida potent.

FOLLOW! @PeteFiutak: Very, very quickly, Florida needs to learn two words: downfield pass. There's little fun and no gun in a Gator attack that struggled in passing efficiency, finished last in the SEC in passing yards, and did little throughout the offseason to show that the O can take the top off a defense. With the viral infection suffered by running back Matt Jones, and the inexperience in the backfield, Jeff Driskel has to be a better passer and has to be even more of an all-around playmaker. However, and here's the key thing to remember, being pretty doesn't necessarily equate to being effective. There was a method to the madness last season, and it worked very, very well. Run the ball, rely on the defense, rely on the great special teams, repeat. The offensive line has to be more effective in pass protection, but as long as it's beating people with the ground game, everything will be fine – even if the overall stats don't show it.

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