Offensive line continues to be a concern for Gators
Injuries and a search for a consistent starting lineup have hampered Florida's preseason practices with its offensive line.
Junior Maurkice Pouncey has not practiced yet, still recovering from shoulder surgery. Sophomore Matt Patchan missed several days after suffering a mild concussion last week, and James Wilson is nursing a sore foot.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said if the Gators had to play a game this week, the offensive line would be its biggest concern.
"Our offensive line until they are all back,'' Meyer said when asked to name a weakness of the team. "You take Mike and Maurkice Pouncey out and Patchan out and we’re struggling. There are some guys playing with the first unit that have no business being there.''
Patchan and Marcus Gilbert are projected starters, along with the Pouncey twins. Wilson was making a strong run at a starting spot until he got hurt.
"It seems like every year we're having this story, so I think I'm getting used to it,'' offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio said. "We coach them hard, they play hard, so you're going to get banged up around here. You've got to feel bad before you feel good in our preseason camp.''
The result is that the offensive line isn't executing well, which throws off the entire offense, Addazio said.
Up front you've got five guys, you've got to have some gel, some chemistry, they are not independent contractors,'' Addazio said. "So all of a sudden you start shuffling the deck, guys are out, guys are in and before you know it you're losing execution. And that's kind of what goes on.''