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Jim McElwain: 'This whole young offensive line thing - I'm over that'

UF offensive lineman Fred Johnson is part of an inexperienced core, which coach Jim McElwain is not using as an excuse for the offense's struggles.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

UF offensive lineman Fred Johnson is part of an inexperienced core, which coach Jim McElwain is not using as an excuse for the offense's struggles.

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GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators' offense remains a work in progress almost halfway through coach Jim McElwain's second season.

UF is averaging 5.64 yards per play and 28.4 points per game. That's not much different from how the Gators fared in Will Muschamp's final season (5.24 yards per play, 30.3 points per game).

McElwain said UF's young receivers are starting to make plays, but the team needs to create more big plays in the run game. He is not, however, pointing to an inexperienced offensive line as an excuse.

"You know what? This whole young offensive line thing, I'm over that," McElwain said. "These guys have played enough. I'm not one of these coaches who's going to sit up here and pull the youth card. They've played enough." 

McElwain also said UF's effort is much better than it was last year, but the consistency and performance are still "nowhere where it needs to be."

That job won't get any easier this week when the Gators host an LSU defense allowing 14.8 points per game (11th nationally).

[Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2016 3:51pm]

    

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