Its been a while since I last posted on this site. We'll hit on the Gators in just a second, but I just want to re-introduce myself. My name is Qualand Holland, I was posting on this site as a 14 year old (now 17), because I wanted to pursue a career in sport journalism or analyst. I used to be logged in as "Gillislee23", I'm not sure anyone remember me and my post but that doesn't matter I'm just happy to be back and excited to talk about the Florida Gators.
Now enough about me and now we move on to the Florida Gators. We had a pretty efficacious season for the most part. I predicted the Gators would finish 10-2 in the regular season with losses to LSU and South Carolina. I wasn't off by much, except the South Carolina game (44-11, South Carolina simply was no match for the Gators). This brief turnaround from a 7-6 season to a 11-2 season is an encouraging sign of how Will Muschamp will lead this team from this point on. Florida finally has a consensus first-team All-American in the stout safety Matt Elam, first since 2009 (Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey). Its also been reported that 10 former players were invited to the NFL combine this year, thats an improvement from only three being invited last year.
Next years team should be good as well, but I don't know if we can repeat the 11-2 performance that we did this past year. Why ? Well we were relying on our defense this past season because of our atrocious offense, and now most of our playmakers on that defense are gone along with our only offensive weapon Mike Gillislee. We lost Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam, Jelani Jenkins, and Jordan Reed left early for the draft. We also lost Omar Hunter, Mike Gillislee, James Wilson, and Josh Evans due to finished eligibility. Well with these players gone I'm somewhat worried, because I can't believe nor expect Jeff Driskel to improve as a passer. With a young defense learning and gaining experience, Jeff Driskel can't afford to be throwing a mediocre 126.61 passing yards per game.
With Muschamp's decision to have no QB competition this spring, it looks like we'll have to stick with Jeff Driskel unfortunately. The other QBs are Tyler Murphy, Skyler Morningweg, and incoming freshman Max Staver. Tyler Murphy is now a redshirt junior from Wethersfield, CT. With Jacoby Brissett's transfer, Murphy is now the favorite to be the 2nd string QB but he'll have to fight off redshirt freshman Skyler Morningweg. Morningweg, is a redshirt freshman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He's also the son of the New York Jets new offensive coordinator Marty Morningweg. Skyler carries the skills of being about to read a defense quickly, his delivery is the quickest on the team, and some athleticism, not like Jeff Driskel, but he was capable of running a 4.68 in the 40yd dash during high school. This is his high school highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNwuXnqnwWc. I really like Skyler he has some deficiencies with accuracy and footwork, but I believe he'll ultimately win the backup job behind Jeff Driskel.
As for Max Staver, he's a big 6'6 and 238lbs freshman from Brentwood, TN. This guy has a pretty powerful arm and acceptable accuracy as well. He makes very brilliant reads as well maybe just as good as Skyler. However, Max lacks any athleticism what so ever only running a 5.12 in the 40yd dash in high school. Due to what happen this past season and our offensive line, his lack of athleticism can probably stall his chances of going anywhere but 4th on the QB depth chart this season. I know he ran a spread option and a little bit of a pistol formation in high school, but he simply won't be agile enough to elude pressure in the SEC at his speed. His high school highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60qjw58NCBw.
My Depth Chart Projections
My Stats Projections
Jeff Driskel: 12 GP, 12 GS, 65.8%, 2456 passing yds, 19 TDs, 8 Ints, 204.66ypg, 99 carries, 341 rushing yards, 8 TDs, 4 Fumbles lost, 28.41ypg.
Skyler Morningweg: 3 GP, 0 GS, 75.5%, 212 passing yds, 0 TDs, 0 Ints, 17.66ypg, 2 carries, 6 rushing yards, 0 TDs, 0 Fumbles lost, 0.5ypg.
Tyler Murphy: Won't play, will be scouting like usual.
Max Staver: Redshirt
Alright, thats all for the QBs. If you are interested then catch my next article about the running backs soon. Feel free to comment I like hearing opinions and constructive criticism. Any questions ? then comment I will reply within 24 hours or you can follow me on twitter: QUAY4MVP. Thanks for reading.