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How has Jim McElwain boosted passing offenses, at Bama, Fresno State and Colorado State?

It's no secret that Florida's passing offense has struggled, and it's no secret that new coach Jim McElwain is regarded as a bright offensive mind.

But exactly how much has McElwain improved passing attacks? And what does that mean for the Gators this fall?

Let's look at the numbers.

At McElwain's last three stops (Colorado State, Alabama and Fresno State), here's what the passing offenses averaged before he arrived:

201-348 (57.5 percent)

187.1 yards per game

15 touchdowns, 13 interceptions

119.4 passer rating

Now let's compare those numbers to what those programs averaged with McElwain:

234-373 (62.8 percent)

227.8 yards per game

19 touchdowns, 8 interceptions

136.3 passer rating

Those stats don't tell the whole story, of course. You can't pin an entire offense's success (or failure) on one coach. But if the Gators have a similar spike, they'd jump from 106th nationally in yards per game to 76th and from 95th in quarterback rating to just outside the top 50. Not exactly Fun 'N' Gun numbers, but it's an improvement for a passing offense that's last in the SEC over the last three seasons.

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