The Florida offense has struggled the last two games. In the loss to Tennessee two weeks ago, the Gators let a 21 point lead slip away after failing to move the ball in the second half, then on Saturday the offensive woes continued against Vanderbilt.
Despite the win against the Commodores, Vandy outgained Florida by 29 yards and only managed one touchdown. The Gators struggled in the air and on the ground. They completed just two passes which were 20 plus yards and recorded just 92 yards rushing. After five games these are not the numbers Jim McElwain expects from his team.
“Our effort is 100 percent better," said McElwain. "Now, consistency and performance is nowhere where it needs to be, and yet, we’ve got pretty decent play out of the quarterback. I know we’ve got some young receivers that are starting to show up a little bit, so we do need to create more explosive runs though. Plain and simple."
The offensive line's play is a factor in the run game's ineffectiveness, and they have come under scrutiny. Although the line is made up of younger talent, McElwain does not want to make any excuses for their performance on Saturdays.
"This whole young offensive line thing, I’m over that. 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.”
Youth is not the bigger problem for McElwain. The Gators continue to have injury concerns in the trenches. On Monday, the head coach announced that offensive tackle David Sharpe's status is uncertain for Florida's game against LSU this weekend.
"He’s got a shoulder [injury]. We’ll see what we can get out of him," said McElwain. "If not, we can move Tez [ Martez Ivey] out there. We’ve got, shoot, Tyler Jordan back obviously, so I was thinking we can move him over there and keep Fred [Johnson] at right. We’ve got some options there and we’ll see what happens as the week goes on."