The Florida Gators football team has had its fair share of struggles this season, on both sides of the ball. Following Florida’s defeat at Missouri, head coach Will Muschamp spoke of the team’s ineptitude, especially on offense.
“We’re inept offensively right now, and we need to make some changes as we move forward,” Muschamp said, following the loss.
As the Gators conclude their second bye week of the season there seems no better time to make a few adjustments. So, what are some of the potential changes Florida could make to get back on track?
More Kelvin Taylor
It has become clear the past couple of weeks that Taylor is the most talented running back on the Gators’ roster, showing off more burst and speed than either Matt Jones or Mack Brown.
After barely seeing the field early in the season, in the past two games Taylor has combined to carry the ball 22 times for 126 yards and his first career touchdown. Moving forward, Taylor should continue to see more touches as he emerges as one of the best playmaking options for a struggling offense. The only question now in regards to Taylor seems to be why wasn’t he more involved in the offense earlier in the year.
Less of Moore
In recent weeks, and especially against Missouri, right tackle Tyler Moore has looked completely overmatched. The transfer from Nebraska has looked too slow to stack up against the dominant pass-rushers of the SEC.
If a change is made and Moore is benched, the most likely scenario would be to move starting guard Max Garcia to tackle. Garcia, a transfer from Maryland, started 12 games at tackle for the Terps before transferring to Florida.
Another option would be junior college transfer Trenton Brown. At 6-8, 361 pounds, Brown would certainly provide some help in the run game. Players like redshirt junior Ian Silberman and redshirt sophomore Trip Thurman could be in line for more work at guard if Garcia does in fact move to tackle.
Add to defensive line rotation
Since the injury to senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley, Florida’s depth along the defensive line has been tested. Things were so bad, that with Damien Jacobs and Ronald Powell out against Missouri, the Gators had only 13 healthy players on defense.
With the run defense struggling of late, allowing 134.8 yards per game in the last four games, the Gators should look to add more players to the defensive line rotation in order to stay fresh at the end of games. Two players who could see more playing time are freshmen Jay-nard Bostwick and Joey Ivie. The two have dressed for every game this season but have yet to see the field. That should change going forward.
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