Gators' work at spring practice making McElwain a happy camper

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks hands the ball off to running back Lamical Perine during a recent practice on campus. “Both quarterbacks (Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask) executed at a pretty high level," UF coach Jim McElwain said Monday. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:43 p.m.

Echoing the positive comments made by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier last week, Florida coach Jim McElwain said Monday he’s confident the Gator offense will be much improved in 2017.

“I feel good about it,” McElwain said Monday during a news conference. “The way that they’ve (been criticized), they’ve got a little chip on their shoulder.

“They hear the same thing that you probably asked Nuss, and I think they’re kind of tired of it. So, that’s a good thing.”

Nussmeier was asked several times last week why he thought the Gators would be better on offense. Each time, he said it was because of the players and the fact they’ve now played in big games and have experience.

McElwain nodded his consent to that.

McElwain said he’s been encouraged by two important aspects of the offense — quarterback play and the progress that’s been made on the line.

“Saturday's practice was really good, especially in some situational things,” McElwain said. “Both quarterbacks (Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask), I was happy to see, executed at a pretty high level. We did dumb down a little bit for their progress. But I think the big thing is finding out the understanding of what they feel comfortable with and going with it that way. They handled a lot of the new stuff that we've installed, so I was really happy with seeing some of that.

“I’m really excited about how our offensive line has progressed. Just seeing the energy with which they're playing with and how they’re finishing. To see those guys kind of joining arms a little bit is good to see. They have really done a good job, and we'll see if we can sustain it.”

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