GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s porous offensive line has allowed 10 sacks during its two-game losing streak.
The Gators totaled just 391 yards in the two losses, as the line struggled to protect quarterback Tyler Murphy or open up many holes for UF’s tailbacks.
While Florida lacks a full-cupboard of elite playmakers or consistent quarterback play, the staff teased the line as a strength of the offense in the preseason.
Such has not been the case -- especially against formidable defensive fronts.
Changes are in order though, and during the idle week, the Gators coaching staff made three noteworthy refinements they hope help the line perform better Saturday against Georgia.
1. Back to the basics…
“You change the protections where you just kind of, you don’t put them in charge of guys, kind of into a gap protection and more area,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “I’m not giving the whole game plan of everything, but you’ve just got to take off some. You’ve got to change the pocket form a little bit.”
2. A new different starting five…
“Tyler Moore will start at left tackle, and Trenton Brown will start at right tackle,” coach Will Muschamp said.
Max Garcia (LG), Jon Harrison (C) and Jon Halapio (RG) will play their traditional positions, but if either Brown or Moore struggles (especially with D.J. Humphries sidelined with an MCL sprain), Garcia could slide outside and senior Kyle Koehne would play guard.
3. Minimize pre-snap audibles and protection changes…
“The thing we tried to go back and focus on simplifying is how much can we take off of them of what they really have to think and adjust,” Pease said. “There's still some that you've got to be able to do because defenses have changed their schemes and looks, their fronts, you've got to make sure you have answers to them. But as much as we can take off communication line to execute more on the run and just play fast and not be thinking up to the immediate snap of the ball or at the snap of the ball, that's what we've got to do.”
VIDEO: Garcia, who called Florida’s offensive failures the line’s fault, talked about the communication issues, refocusing on fundamentals, using Saturday’s rivalry game as a potential confidence builder and more.
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