Florida’s trend of struggling on offense actually started taking root before Tim Tebow left after the 2009 season. It started with Dan Mullen’s departure for Mississippi State after the Gators won the national championship in 2008.
Once Mullen was out of the mix, there was almost an immediate inconsistent quality about the Florida offense, and it only kept moving in that direction over the years that have followed. Even Tebow struggled a little bit in his senior year.
After he was gone, well, we all know what’s happened. The Gators have been on an eight-year run of slumping quarterback play. The hope is that Mullen, who has a great track record for developing quarterbacks, will start reversing the trend this season.
And, boy, has it ever been an ugly, and at times inept, run by the Florida quarterbacks dating back to the 2010 season.
Over the last eight seasons, the Gators have averaged 200 or more yards passing a game in a season only twice. And they’ve had only one 300-yard passing game, by Luke Del Rio against Kentucky in 2016.
Since 2010, UF has averaged just 183.6 passing yards a game, while averaging only 13.1 touchdowns per season to go with 11 interceptions per year.
So, as the Gators prepare to launch the Mullen era — and maybe are about to start a more consistent QB trend — here’s a look at how unproductive the Gators have been in the passing game since 2010:
Year Yards passing per game TDs per season INTs per season
2010 184.3 12 12
2011 185.7 13 13
2012 146.3 13 5
2013 170.9 11 9
2014 179.9 18 14
2015 207.1 20 10
2016 215.8 18 15
2017 179.5 10 10