Florida’s spring game on April 6th might not be much of a game if depth issues on the Gators’ offensive line persist. Currently, UF has just six scholarship O-linemen who are healthy and ready for action. A string of injuries, surgeries, and one suspension have Florida’s front wall short on building blocks.
With Florida using a run-first offensive system, Will Muschamp says it may be necessary for him to scale the spring game back to a regular, run-of-the-mill practice:
“We’re adjusting as we go. Even with the spring game, it may be more of a practice-like atmosphere…
What’s hard for the offensive line is just taking 60 straight snaps. That’s kind of difficult for just five guys to take that. We’re incorporating within the scrimmage some 7-on-7 (and) some special teams periods, where we just concentrate and let those guys get a break.”
Florida will add five freshman offensive lineman in the fall and others are expected to return from the injured list. As for his current thin ranks, Muschamp says it hasn’t prevented the Gators from practicing well this spring. “We’ve still had a good, physical spring,” the third-year coach said. “I feel very strong with where we are on the offensive line.”
Florida finished third in the SEC in rushing yards per game last year. Only Ole Miss (42.54) rushed the ball with greater regularity than Florida and its 41.46 carries per game.