The Florida offensive line that was supposed to be a team strength caved in badly in the loss to Michigan. But coach Jim McElwain isn’t giving up on the big guys after one poor performance.
“One thing I want you to know is I believe in these guys,” he said. “These guys believe in themselves. They looked at it (on tape). We’ve made corrections and we’re a pretty good football team. We’re going to show that.”
McElwain has been promoting the line as team strength for months. He said he did not see Saturday’s performance coming.
“I didn’t think it would be like that,” he said. “I am not going to sit here and tell you that I thought it would be like that. I knew it would be a physical game. Our opportunities, especially on first-and-10, and then getting behind the sticks like we did, that’s something I knew was going to give us trouble if that occurred, and that sure as heck is what happened.”
McElwain said the linemen struggled with their pad level and had numerous breakdowns. But not everyone graded out poorly.
“Brett Heggie played pretty good (at left guard),” McElwain said. “He’s one of those young guys that it wasn’t too big for him at all. I thought our communication (on the line) broke down at times as far as getting transferred from the center outside.”