Florida’s overhaul of the strength and conditioning program has been well-documented, and the mission statement — become faster, more physical and more aggressive — is well known.
Yet just how that translates to UF’s play in 2019 remains to be seen; although there has been no shortage of speculation inside the program.
When the Gators open the season in 10 days in Orlando against Miami, Florida’s pass catchers expect the offense will operate noticeably quicker than it did merely a season ago.
“We’re going to blow it up this year. The offense is way different than last year, way different. Everybody is just being used around, spread apart. It’s going to be way different. Faster, everything,” redshirt freshman tight end Dante Lang said.
That admission may come as a breath of fresh air for Florida fans who are disgruntled with having one of the SEC’s slower offenses.
The Gators ranked No. 91 among NCAA Division I teams in plays per game last season, good for eighth in the conference. Throughout preseason camp, Florida’s offense has been installing multiple no-huddle packages designed to catch the opposition off-guard.
“We don’t operate any differently, it’s just different pace,” quarterback Kyle Trask said. “We have packages where we’re supposed to go extra fast, eyes to the sideline as soon as you can. Whatever the call is, run it, try to catch the defense off balance.”
Much of Florida’s stagnation on offense could be attributed to Dan Mullen’s offensive reboot after arriving back in Gainesville. Each and every student-athlete, even transfers familiar with the rigors of the SEC, had to essentially start fresh.
“I think coming in, first year we didn’t have an idea of the offense. But now, second year under Coach Mullen, I think everybody has a good idea of it, so just coming out, it’s just about executing now and getting the plays down and getting it fast, the tempo,” Van Jefferson, who transferred to the program from Ole Miss prior to the commencement of the 2018 season, said. “Now that everybody has had a year of the offense, I think we’re going to be fine.”
It seemingly didn’t even take a year, however. By November, signs the team had grown more knowledgeable were apparent.
Over Florida’s final three games, the Gators averaged 77 plays on offense — up from UF’s season average of 69.1 plays per game. The results weren’t surprising: UF’s offense averaged 36.7 points per game in the final three contests, compared to 27.5 points a game in the team’s first nine regular season games.
Suffice to say, with the inaugural season in the books, Florida sees the benefit in increasing the tempo on the offensive end in Mullen’s second year. Now the task becomes implementing it Aug. 24.
“We’re trying to score faster. Score faster and get on the field and get off, convert more third downs,” senior wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland said. “Just have a complete offense and play together fast.”
Who: Florida vs. Miami
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 24
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850
Talking season is about over. Time to put it on paper(three field). Ready to make opposing teams Feel the Chomp! Fear the Chomp! I look forward to seeing CDM and Co version (season) 2.
the not three
I’m all for it.
I like hearing how excited the players are, both about the team each other. Danny Joe Brown said it best in a song: GAAtor County! Gimme summa dat chowmp chowmp!
Loved Danny Joe ! Go Gators !
Yep! Never get tired of listening to Molly Hatchet. I believe the Canes may be Flirtin’ with Disaster! Ha
i agree with most of this but the last three games of last year might indicate a trend but arent definitive at least to me. if we can get some of this uptempo on tape early that will help, and if we can hold back a surprise or two for the rivals we play thats ok by me as well. first, lets go out and win some games though, not that i have doubts, but winning is first, how you do it second as long as its not violating florida statutes etc
Something in the back of my mind, Mveal ……. and this certainly is not meant to criticize or call you out in any way, as I think you know I have a great deal of respect for your opinions. Several months back, you were expressing some concerns about a possible step back in Year 2. Given all that has transpired since the start of the year, still harboring any concerns? I haven’t heard you express it lately, though you never said if you were seeing something or not.
Year 2: faster, stronger, & quicker. Yea, I’m jacked-up for some Gator Football!
So lick the candy ‘Canes! Chomp-chomp! Go Gators! Just win baby!
Do not forget guys…ya can’t spell scUM without UM. Go Gators!!!!!
Over on another site they said Florida is in talks to renew home and home with UM
I would prefer home and home with other P5 schools….but they didnt ask me 😂
I’m with ya Sparky!
What would be wrong with knocking Sebastian’s dork in the dirt every year?
Because he’ll just keep picking up his dingle dangle, which has been danglin’ in the doit (dirt).
— Old Army Running Song (Jodie)
I’m excited for Aug 24. I just hope …… that this enthusiasm and excitement is warranted and not just typical preseason talk. I don’t doubt that it is …..but I’m a LONG time Gator fan and I’ve heard lots of (un)warranted preseason hype before. Sorry….not trying to be pessimistic … I guess that’s the Doug Dickey era coming out in me 🙂
Rog remember the s Mac said his last season. Maybe I just couldn’t understand he was saying we are going to …..
was using phone to type that. Maybe I couldn’t understand what he was saying, We are going to be ______? Mac never made sense.
The difference between UF Tennesseans Doug Dickey and Steve Spurrier is that Dickey’s heart (or what served as one) remained in Knoxiousville.
Rog, we are all.weary of hearing every preseason about how the players know the offense now and are going up tempo. Then the season started and after one scripted drive, here we come out of the huddles with less than 10 seconds on the play clock. I even think that’s why Dooley is being a wet blanket this preseason. Just over a week until we actually see results, good or bad. Go Gators!
Dooley is a wet blanket EVERY season…
I don’t imagine any of us take you as pessimistic at all, Rog — you’ve consistently called ’em as you see ’em, and have been accurate far more often than not. I think it’s just what I feel but don’t say…..preseason jitters. Yup, we all know how it should go, and can make a good, logical case for why it will — but likewise, we all got burned too many times during the 7 years prior to Mullen’s arrival — so there’s naturally going to be a little of that “show me” left in us. And the ball do take some strange bounces sometimes, don’t it just? But that aside: GO YOU GO GATORS! BRING ON THE CHOMP…..BEAT MIAMI AND ONE GAME AT A TIME UNTIL WE GET TO ATLANTA.
I love all the feel good. and love Frank’s heart, he leaves it on the field, BUT, do you guys really think Franks can run the hurryup? I’m skeptical.
He can Phil. But he’s got to lock in on one receiver, and dadgum it, that guy had better damn well be open. 🤓
Actually he might do better in a hurry up, paradoxically.
Sorry, I meant Jeff. Phil and I are going back and forth on messaging, he was on my fingers as I typed.
I’m with you…hopefully he takes that next step.