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Why Kirk Herbstreit is still bullish on Florida Gators' Jim McElwain

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

24

August

Florida Gators fans - or at least the ones I hear from - have not exactly been pleased with coach Jim McElwain.

UF hired him to revive a once-proud offense. Through two seasons, he has had some of the Gators' worst statistics in three decades.

While message boards are unhappy despite back-to-back SEC East titles, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit takes the glass-half-full approach.

"If I were a Florida fan, I would not think, ‘Wow, Jim McElwain's forgotten how to coach offense,'" Herbstreit said in a teleconference with reporters. "I would think, ‘Wow, we've got to keep believing in what he's doing..."

The Gators' defense kept them in a lot of games last year. That could continue this season, even though I think it will regress slightly after losing seven players to the NFL draft and coordinator Geoff Collins to Temple.

Regardless, Herbstreit is still bullish on McElwain, based on what he's seen so far.

"But wait until he gets the (offensive) linemen and the backs and the quarterback that I think eventually he'll get," Herbstreit said. "That combination will become pretty dangerous for teams to deal with in the SEC."

[Last modified: Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:24am]

    

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