Jim McElwain on Florida Gators' offensive line, leadership and more
A few quick nuggets from Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain's appearance on Monday's post-spring SEC teleconference:
• McElwain is excited about the offensive line - a position of weakness when he arrived in Gainesville. UF loses left tackle David Sharpe to the NFL and center Cam Dillard to North Carolina as a grad transfer, but the other parts return. "This is the best we've been since I've been here at that position..." McElwain said. "It's a group that's going to now be a true strength for the Gators."
• Most of UF's starting defense has gone to the NFL, including linebackers Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone. Their departures might leave a bigger hole in leadership than performance, given how David Reese and others played last year. McElwain said he expects the defense's leadership to shift from linebackers to the secondary, specifically safeties.
• McElwain said other schools called UF to inquire about five of his assistants as potential head coaches. Temple hired one of them, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
• The question of the day centers on the December early signing period. McElwain said twice that it will lead to transparency - for recruits who have "taken reservations rather than commitments" and schools that give offers that aren't committable. "I truly believe it's going to call some people's bluffs, both from the players' side and the schools' side," McElwain said. "It'll be interesting to see."