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Alabama Football 2015: Previewing the (very bad) Florida Offense

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Yeah...It's pretty bad.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, Florida only scored two points last week against the Seminoles (and that was the defense scoring). Yes, Vanderbilt held Florida to only 9 points a few weeks earlier. And yes, the Gators got taken into overtime by Florida Atlantic.

The Gators have had a rough time offensively this season under new head coach Jim McElwain. They're scoring 25 points per game, which isn't too bad, but it is inflated by the 61 point curb-stomping of New Mexico State in the season opener, as well as two other 30+ point games the Gators put up early in the season. I normally don't discount games or stats throughout a season, but there is an important distinction to be made in this case. After the first 6 games, starting QB Will Grier was suspended, and sophomore Treon Harris took over for the rest of the season. Since then, Florida has only averaged 18 points per game.

Treon Harris has been serviceable as Grier's replacement, and has done his part to not make too many mistakes or throw away games for Florida. The 5'11" signal caller has passed for 6 touchdowns while throwing 4 picks since taking over midseason, and is averaging 182 yards per game (almost the same as Jake Coker's numbers). He's averaging an unimpressive 6.72 yards per attempt, and an inaccurate 50% completion rate. Fortunately, Coker has done a little better than that in the accuracy department. Treon is also a threat on the ground, and is the second-leading rusher for Florida, despite the fact that the NCAA takes yards from his rushing stats anytime he gets sacked. While Harris has not been great by any means, his performance so far has been similar to that of Jake Coker for the Tide this season.

At running back, junior Kelvin Taylor was the other top runner in the state of Florida when he and Derrick Henry were high school seniors. Taylor is a talented back who's put together a pretty decent season, albeit not one of Henry's caliber. He has 971 yards and 13 touchdowns this season on a workmanlike 4.1 yards per carry. Taylor is the feature back for Florida's offense, and is also given duties as a pass catcher and a short yardage back. He's been especially effective in short yardage, and has averaged over 3 yards per carry on 21 carries during 3rd and short situations. He's the leading scorer on the team, and is Florida's best offensive weapon.

At receiver, the Gators are led by junior Demarcus Robinson (who seems like he's been there for way more than three years). Robinson leads the team with 47 receptions, but is only managing 10.7 yards per catch. He is second on the team with 505 yards, and is actually fourth on his team with 2 touchdown receptions. Beside him, freshman Antonio Callaway has stolen the show as a big play threat. Callaway has only caught 29 balls, but leads the team with 557 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In the slot, sophomore Brandon Powell has 28 catches for 364 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 5'9" pass catcher has been exceptional on 3rd downs, and is one of Harris's favorite targets in critical situations. Lastly, the 6'6" tight end, Jake McGee, is second on the team with 38 receptions. The senior is exceptional in the redzone, and has caught all four of his touchdown grabs within the opponent's 20-yard line.

Florida's offense looks quite similar to Alabama's, but without Derrick Henry. Unfortunately for them, Derrick Henry is a huge difference. It also serves as a sobering reminder to Alabama supporters what the Tide's offense could look like without such a beast of a man in the backfield. And, given Alabama's defense, Florida will be hard pressed to score at all in the SEC championship game.