How is our offensive line depth?

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    Do we have 8 guys that we can rely on?
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    Unfortunately, 4 of them are on the DL.
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    I dont think we do. I think we have 6 with a likely 7 if Rod Johnson goes through fall camp. Muschamp said he think he can find the 8th one I have my doubts
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    Well, if we stay healthy that may not be a bad thing. Honestly, when you have a solid OL unit there isn't much rotation. However, I think Thurman & Dillard are ready to contribute. Also, if Sarvary has a good offseason he could be servicable. Johnson will be a bonus if he comes back healthy...and Sharpe is also a bonus. W/ those 5 I think we can find #6, 7, & 8.

    I just hope Garcia learns to snap the ball....Greene stays healthy....Brown loses a few lbs's....Moore shows marked improvement....and Humphries stays over 290lbs. Is that too much to ask??
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    Hate to say it, but there is a significant drop off after the starting 5. Pretty sure the coaches have been high on O.Jackson. Sharpe can probably develop into a contributor. That said, when your plan for depth involves hoping that a true freshman matures fast enough, you may be in trouble.

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    I feel good about Humpries Moore Garcia Brown Green Thurman Johnson.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Harkless plays before Sharpe if he gains some more weight hopefully neither have to play.

    We need one of Dillard Sarvary Riles to step up. I actually think Riles has the athletic ability to play OL he will need to add some weight though.

    Not worried about the Garcia snap issue he works hard and they have all summer to work on that.

    People love talking about Roper but Summer's was a big acquisition as well. He did a real nice job with limited number as USC last year. His center also got drafted last weekend. He had never played center until last year.
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    Jackson is no longer on the football team
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    Mike Summers came to Pensacola as part of the Spring speaking tour. He said that he had a lot of confidence in the starting five but was concerned about depth. Thought they needed to stay healthy and continue to develop backups as quickly as possible in the fall.
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    Thurman is #6 right now. Johnson should be a good one once he gets healthy. We need Savary to step up as he was brought in for immediate depth. Haven't heard much about his development yet. Relying on OL freshmen is dicey no matter how talented they were as prospects.
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    Staying healthy is the key to our success. Our OL 1's should be serviceable. Hopefully, the new offensive scheme doesn't become as predictable and we have options off our typical looks. Our previous scheme/tendencies put lots of pressure on the OL. If Roper can reinstill Driskel's confidence and develop one or two big play people, we should be able to compete with the majority of our schedule. It will be a welcome experience to see the ball thrown down the field on occasion.
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    The odds of us getting through the season with no serious O-line injuries are slim indeed. In a "line of scrimmage" league, we aren't where we need to be. Hopefully, Roper can adjust for it.
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    I dont really y think Driskel's confidence has gone anywhere. He seems real confident in interviews. Now what has changed if fans confidence in him.

    I am interested to see how people react if we just run the ball and dink and dunk passes down the field. Many fans were calling for HUNH coordinators that do just that. Roper actually does a lot of that and then will take a shot down field.
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    Throw the ball down the field? Don't you know time of posession is more important than anything else? "runs away"
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    I get the humor, but the ongoing stuff around here about Muschamp being averse to throwing down field is inaccurate and lazy.

    We tried to throw down field but we were pretty chitty at it due to a combination of OL, QB and WR issues. And we were still pretty chitty at it in the Spring game. If we don't get better in all three position groups, we won't see much of it this year either. But it won't be for lack of wanting to.
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    You mean....that doesn't work?
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    Funny thing about TOP stat is it seemed like only reporters and people that hated running the ball talked about it. When Muschamp was asked about it he said it isnt an important stat.

    It is going to be real interesting to see how people feel about the offense we run this year. Some people might be a little shocked and ticked off about Roper's philosophy.
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    Which will be?

    I am not expecting much but hope we see improvement in our Total and Scoring offense. My feeling is we likely won't have the complete package of players needed because there we just don't have enough talent that's mature enough and and ready for big time college ball. Add to that it is Roper and team's first year running the system- which will likely still be a work in progress mid-season- and we have the potential to have a lot of fans asking why it's not "fixed" already. IF our 2013 and 2014 classes pan out we are still likely two seasons from being good again. It doesn't have to take that long but odds are it will.
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    I've pretty much given up putting any stock in what Coach says. That this thread exists at all demonstrates what I mean: one of the first things he said is that the SEC is a line-of-scrimmage league, but in year 4 UF can't even go two deep on the OL. smh
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    Wow. Had no idea that his injury was permanent. Thanks.

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