Prognosis for OL rest of the year?

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  1. gatorjlm
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    I know we've had numerous injuries including some season enders. Can someone kindly sum up who is out for the year and who may come back (when?). Trying to get an idea if we can realistically expect significant improvement on the OL, or are we just stuck with a dearth of experienced talent for the balance of this year.
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    Green is the only one out for the year. Moore should be back next week. Everyone else is ready to go.

    I hope for at least modest improvement. If we can get back to a somewhat full complement, we can get back to our jumbo packages a little more frequently and that will help in some run situations. More continuity will help pass protection. Don't think the line becomes dominant by any stretch, but it should at lest register some improvement over the first three games (neither of which were terrible, but neither of which that great, either).
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    Moore returning should help ...Kohne does a decent job though...Pio needs to knock the rust off..he just wasn't as dominant pulling Saturday as before, but he was playing with one eye and a nagging pec. But as above if we get some continuity we should be serviceable up front.
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    I think continuity is a key. If they can get the same five to practice together and last through a game or two, they should be better.
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    The injuries and rotating lineups have definitely taken it's toll on the OL developing as a unit, however, the entire unit as a whole has been a big disappointment. Hopefully w/ Moore's return they show some improvement over the next few weeks.
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    Pain...

    But more so in the off-season for a OL coaching staff that can't seem to get better results from our players than other 'elite' schools staffs do - regardless of the situation. We should be looking for coaches that have a 'just gimme a body and I can develop him' :wave: attitude.

    Mebe
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    We have a OL coach, Tim Davis, who has been successful at other places, but the OL is average at best after all the preseason hype. Run blocking isn't that bad, but the pass blocking is not at a good SEC level. Is it talent or development of said talent the issue?

    Part of the problem is that most teams don't respect our ability to pass which keeps the box crowded and makes the off tackle stuff hard to come by. We need much more play action once Tyler gets his feet securely in the role of our starting QB and is allowed to audible like most other teams we play. He is smart enough, but will the coaches give him more opportunity to be a complete QB? JD had improved, but maybe Tyler can climb another notch and gives us more balance as he and the coaches develop more confidence.

    Injuries happen but with our strength program being first rate, what gives with all the OL players out or down from game to game?
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    I don't think the problem is OL. UF is one dimensional. Now, UF has a qb making his first start who does not have a rep as a passer. The opposing defenses are going to continue to stack the box and play with the their ears peeled back, going after Murphy until he demonstrates he can burn the pressure regularly and extend the field. It would take an elite OL to run against that with great rbs. UF does not have either. The OL is not the weak link.
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    I think the line has been better at pass protection this year by a lot -- seems like our QBs have had more time to hang in the pocket.
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    Not sure how you can say UF is one dimensional. We pass the ball a lot. Against Miami we threw for almost 300 yards. We haven't been spectacular at passing, and I agree that teams are going to force us to win that way. But that doesn't make us one dimensional.
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    Uf passed for almost 300 yards because they were behind. The teams are still treating if like they are one dimensional.
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    I had high hopes for the O-line prior to the beginning of the season but have been disappointed big time so far.
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    We have been seriously snake bit with injuries this year and the past few years. IDK if S&C could be better or it'is just bad luck. But you can't look at OL performance this year wthout recognizing the impact of so many injuriies - Green, Halapio, Moore, DJ. And Dunker getting booted for his off field issues.
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    the lower number of penalties from the offensive line was encouraging considering all of the shuffling. This is a team that will not be successful with a lot of first and 15s and first and 20s
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    Funny that Florida seems to be the only program that can't ever get those kinds of coaches. Huh. At any rate, the offensive line was massively improved in the run phase last year and they have been improved in pass protection thus far, despite having four new starters for the first two games of the season.
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    For all of you that are blaming the coach... remember this is only his second season as the OL coach. And he is working (for the most part) with guys who were recruited to run the spread (smaller, faster) rather than the pro (larger, stronger).

    We have seen improvements in the pass blocking... but that doesn't say much as I'm not sure we could have been much worse than the last several years.

    The run blocking isn't quite as good as last year, but that may be in part that opponents all know we are a run first team and are doing their best to take that away and force us to pass to beat them.

    In short, I see improvement in coaching and performance. When/if we can start moving the ball well passing (and mixing up the first down calls a bit more) we should see some serious improvement. But like I said, that is a when/if situation.
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    The OL is not all world but it has not been helped out by JD or 2 RBs with average to no speed. Don't get me wrong,Mack brown has been very solid, deserves to get carries and is much better than Jones..

    However,The OL looked better with Murphy because is not a pinata in the pocket. The OL looks good with Purifoy/ Showers running.... It looked good when Herndon played. The less we see Jones the better the OL will look.
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    matt Jones was down with a virus for the preseason, and is behind in getting in playing shape. Not the coaches fault. Everyone was talking about what a beast he was until he got sick. Brown has come on and played fairly well. Give Jones another two games and I think you'll see him start to be a factor. The O-line has been battling injuries; if they can get healthy, look for significant improvement over the next few games.
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    the off line was supposed to be a lot better this year but they look worse. what gives??
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    Our first 3 games were against average at best defenses. We will play 2 more average to poor defenses in uk and arky. Outside of TOP we are just about last in every O stat category. Meanwhile our D is 2nd in the nation.

    We have 2 wins against very average to poor teams. No one will confuse Toledo or UT as being to 20 team let alone top 50 teams. I believe we will be victorious over uk and arky just with talent alone. But the real test of who we are and where we're at will come when we play lsu, uga, usce and sow. That's where the will test will come and hopefully by then we will have figured out how to improve the offense.

    Kudo's to a great defense!

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