Can Will Grier be the missing piece for the Gators? Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Full disclosure, I am huge on Florida. I choose to believe that if a man can make Trent Richardson a Heisman candidate, he can make anything happen with an offensive line.
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Can Treon Harris or Will Grier lead this offense? I believe the answer is yes and the quarterback to do it is Will Grier. Treon Harris is a superior athlete with elite level speed but he missed wide open receiver after wide open receiver last year. That level of inconsistency makes me think Will Grier has to get his opportunity this year. Can the offensive line hold up? Eeeeeehhhhhhh, ummmmmm, cough cough………yes. Despite the injury to freshman left tackle Martez Ivey, I’m going to choose to believe in the coach. I’ve seen the linemen from Alabama go on to have less than stellar careers in the NFL after being under Coach McElwain. But as a unit, the offensive lines at Alabama were incredible. Kelvin Taylor and Jordan Scarlett will split the carries in the backfield, and I believe Demarcus Robinson is someone to watch.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Gators are still embarrassingly rich. VGIII (Vernon Hargreaves III) can shut down an entire side of the field, and Jalen Tabor is no slouch on the other side of the defensive backfield. New defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has to be reminded of his days with Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay from Mississippi State. Factor in the return of Jonathan Bullard combined with the experience on that defensive line, and this is still going to be a defense that gives opposing teams nightmares.
If Florida only has a functional offense, they can look more like the 11-2 2012 Florida gators. If Coach McElwain cannot find an answer to his offensive line and quarterback woes, look for Florida to finish more like the 2013 5-7 Gators.
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