After an offseason of hype and optimism, the Florida Gators football team fell flat in its season opener, losing to the Michigan Wolverines 33-17 in Arlington, Texas. The Gators’ offense failed to pick up any momentum and the defense wore down late. Now, the Gators face in uphill battle as coach Jim McElwain looks to right the ship early and get his third season in Gainesville back on the right foot. SEC Country writers Zach Abolverdi and Jordan McPherson discuss all of this and more in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.
- Florida’s offense had no answers on Saturday. The Gators managed just 192 total yards in the game, converted just two third-downs and never made it into the red zone. The offensive line lost the battle in the trenches, which left the Gators helpless in the backfield. Florida tallied just 11 net rushing yards and its quarterbacks were sacked six times.
- Following the game, fans took to social media to express their frustration with Florida’s lack of offense in general and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s play calling in specific. McElwain on Monday said any frustration about the offense should “put the ire on me” and defended Nussmeier.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks will earn his second consecutive start when the Gators host Northern Colorado for their home opener. Franks started against Michigan and threw for 75 yards on 5-of-9 passing before being replaced by graduate transfer Malik Zaire in the third quarter. He had jitters early on — typical for a freshman making his collegiate debut in a stadium that packs 100,000 people — but also had some bright spots in his game as well. McElwain said the Gators will re-evaluate the quarterback position next week before SEC play begins.
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