Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mighty UF Offense Shows Some Cracks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mighty UF Offense Shows Some Cracks

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GAINESVILLE -- Steve Spurrier has found some new words lately to

describe college football's offense of the 1990s.

Lousy. Foolish. Average.

The sleek and slick offensive machine of years past at the

University of Florida has apparently thrown a rod. Spurrier is

criticizing players, coaches and himself for the Gators'

lackluster effort in the previous two games.

Can't block, can't pass, can't catch.

"We're just not good right now," Spurrier said. "We're very

normal."

Which, of course, is very abnormal considering the history of

the offense in Spurrier's previous seven seasons at Florida.

Maybe that's why there's a sense of urgency among players and

coaches going into Saturday's key Southeastern Conference game

against rival Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at Alltel Stadium.

The sixth-ranked Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) have yet to play a

complete game offensively. The days of rolling up huge numbers

and rolling over opponents are gone.

In its last two games, Florida scored 45 points combined

against LSU and Auburn -- teams it scored 107 points on last

season.

"We just need to all click at the same time," Florida tight end

Erron Kinney said. "You could say there were experienced guys

here last year and that's why it was so successful. But we've

got talented guys here now, too. It's nothing big, it's just a

lot of little things that need to be corrected."

Those little things, however, are quickly adding up. Pass

protection, route running and reads from the quarterbacks have

all been concerns.

Moreover, lineup changes throughout the season have hindered

the offenses' chemistry. A big hit came in Week 4 when fullback

Terry Jackson -- the Gators' best blocking back and emotional

leader -- sustained a season-ending knee injury.

Another serious blow came two weeks later during the most

vulnerable point of the season. Days after Florida's emotional

loss to LSU, sophomore quarterback Doug Johnson was suspended

for a game for violating a team rule. …

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