At some point this season, I’m sure there will be a Tim Tebow hangover of some sort. Maybe if the Gators get stuffed on a fourth-and-short play or the offense fails to sustain drives.
But after talking to offensive coordinator Steve Addazio for about 15 minutes, I have a feeling the Florida offense might actually turn out to be better this season than last season.
Addazio is clearly excited about the potential of this offense, led by quarterback John Brantley and some talented tailbacks and wide receivers.
But what may set this offense apart is the offensive line. This front has a chance to be the best in the nation and one of the best in school history. It is experienced. It is athletic. It is tough and physical. It is deep. And it has a great player and leader in senior center Mike Pouncey.
A strong offensive line really opens the playbook for Addazio and the offensive coaches, and gives the Gators many different options to attack defenses.
I know Urban Meyer has said his biggest priority in the preseason is identifying the playmakers. But I think the Gators are going to have plenty of those guys, including Deonte Thompson, Chis Rainey, Jeff Demps, Andre Debose, Mike Gillislee and others. Combine the playmakers with a strong offensive front, and a lot of the pressure it taken off Brantley.
I know there are some questions out there about this offense, and concerns about keeping Brantley healthy, but I think this offense is going to be one of the most potent Meyer has had.
Better than last year.
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