GAINESVILLE -- Jim McElwain is a stickler for details.
Most successful coaches are.
After years learning from John L. Smith and Nick Saban, Florida's first-year coach has developed a specific game-week practice plan, so when McElwain tossed around the phrase 'Perfect Thursday' several times during availability Wednesday, everyone wondered what exactly he was talking about.
McElwain gladly answered the question.
“What it is we hit all situations at a very fast pace. Ball’s not on the ground, guys are hustling, they’ve memorized the first eight [scripted plays for Saturday’s opener].
They know the first calls in every situation. A lot of it goes on to the understanding in the player’s mind what to expect. We try to paint a picture for them so when they get into Saturday they’re a step ahead and not in the unknown.
Coming out goal-line red area, two-point play, third down, all the different situations. We do the same thing in the kicking game at a very quick pace going through the game plan, step-by-step. It’s one of those things that we’ve done for a long time. When the guys kind of figure out what ‘Perfect Thursday’ is, it helps them play faster on Saturday."
The Gators host the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday night (7:30, SEC Network) to kickoff the 2015 season.
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