The Gators struggled out of the gates in Nashville. The offense failed to connect on a first down until midway through the first quarter and was forced to punt four straight times before finally earning a touchdown in the second quarter. According to McElwain, one problem was the offensive line, who allowed two sacks against the Commodores and did not open up the gaps needed to establish a strong ground game- UF only amassed 92 yards on the ground, averaging 2.6 yards per carry.
"We've got to play with better pad level and we've got to get off the ball with a sense of urgency and quit waiting for somebody else to hit you in the mouth," said McElwain. "It's that simple. I'm sick of seeing it."
"He preaches that we need to have a fast start and play with a low pad level on the offensive line," added Florida running back Jordan Scarlett, who had 63 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. "We kind of did that but I feel like we could have done better, because we were showing, preparing better all week and we showed better last week in the first half.”
The Gators are set to play a very physical team in LSU next week, and McElwain understands a performance like the one against Vanderbilt up front is unacceptable. He is prepared to hold his players accountable.