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Florida Gators' Doug Nussmeier has done outstanding 'based on the hands we were dealt'

The Florida Gators' locker room is ready at the Georgia Dome for Saturday's SEC Championship.

Matt Baker | Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Gators' locker room is ready at the Georgia Dome for Saturday's SEC Championship.

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ATLANTA -- Fans looking for a scapegoat for the Florida Gators' offense won't find one in offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

At least not according to head coach Jim McElwain.

"He's done an outstanding job based on the hands we were dealt when we got here..." McElwain said Friday in his final news conference before Friday's SEC Championship.

I touched on some of those hands in today's Tampa Bay Times - the seven healthy offensive linemen he had on scholarship in the first spring practice, no holdover quarterbacks and only three offensive starters from that regime.

McElwain said Nussmeier has done a good job of figuring out those pieces and finding ways to win with them, even if the circumstances aren't ideal.

"Obviously there's things that need to be continually tweaked and looked at. You know what? The one thing I do know is our guys play their tails off, and that's great to see. It will be a constant evolution as we move forward as to how we go about it."

One of Nussmeier's former bosses, Alabama coach Nick Saban, praised Nussmeier, too said he didn't want him to leave for Michigan.

"He did a great job for us," Saban said. "He's a hard worker. He's very bright, good play caller. I think that he did outstanding."

UF's offense is No. 104 nationally in scoring (24.1 points per game) and No. 102 in yards per play (5.27). 

[Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2016 2:53pm]

    

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