The Offensive Line Assessment

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  1. thebowlgame

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    Avid college football fan and not a rival. Wondering how you guys feel about the O-line. I remember it being a big concern last year with Taylor and crew gone, but this could be a good year upfront.

    Seems like there is a solid starting five this year with Reese transferring in. I assume Forsythe will remain at LT, but Gouraige or Reese could push Delance inside.

    If that happens the line should be pretty good, no?
     
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    The roster is good now with experience, quality, and depth. The starters are yet to be determined with many different guesses on who plays where. The OL is projected to be improved for 2020, but we'll have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

    ~ There are 5 FNG's commits that are currently in the 2021 class.
     
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    I appreciate the response. The retooling of the OL has been pretty impressive. I remember how bleak things looked on paper.

    Helped that Heggie was able to stay healthy too.
     
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    Team wide 'healthy' is always a big contributor for any team seeking championships.

    Here's one guess on the starters, but it's just an iG WaG...

    LT Gouraige 6-4 298 rsSo - 12 Gms in 2019, 5 starts at LG
    LG White 6-5 330 So - 6 Gms in 2019, 1 start at RG
    OC Heggie 6-4 330 rsSr - 12 Gms in 2019, 12 starts at LT & RT.
    RG Reese 6-5 345 Grad-Sr - former starter RT & RG at MsSt
    RT Forsythe 6-7 329 rsSr - former starting LT

    Any of the other OL'men could make a summer/fall move to become a new starter.
     
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    The O-line has consistently been the weakest spot on the team since Urban Meyer left, IMO. Dan Mullen has addressed the problem from Day 1 and the combination of bringing in better players, having improved strength & conditioning and having John Hevesy as the position coach, the Gators have made major improvements on the line and it will become a team strength very soon.
     
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    I agree. Should be another very good season and maybe even a great one.

    Would like to see the recruiting take the next step with the on field results though. It has been very good but feels like it should be even better with the team playing so well in back to back seasons.
     
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    As someone who plays UF every yr, their o lines the last 2 yrs have been avg but looked good. against us since we dont have a dominant pass rusher. If you want to see terrible o line play, watch us play offense
     
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    I believe the o-line did a good job last year protecting the QB allowing him time to make reads. The O-line however seemed below average opening up holes for the running backs to go through. Hopefully this year we can have a better running game and keep up on the passing.
     
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    Totally agree....we couldn't run the ball very well but they did a heck of the job in pass protection. I've said it several times...it's usually the exact opposite with a new line but it worked. I expect us to be much better all around. Seeing how we come out of half time and take games over shows us that (IMO) the great coaches that can coach the players up....also the players are used to a system for 2 years and they aren't learning a new offense or coaching staff...some teams are going to struggle with no Spring Practice - with new coaching staffs or DC or OC.
     
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    Run game additions to the OL include:
    OG S.Reese & OG D.Hammond.
    Both are heavy road graders... ;)
     
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    I'm excited for the season...looks like there will be one. Thank the Lord!
     
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    A new 3rd year rsSo LT that's around 6-4 300, with a mean streak and quick on his feet.
    Then the other 4 that average 6-5 335, (2 rsSr, 1 Sr, 1 So).
    And they are now about 3 deep across the OL.
    There darn sure should be some holes for the RB's this time around.... o_O
     
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    Remember the old Beatles song from Sgt. Pepper? That's our O-line.
     
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    I believe this will be our deepest o line since 2012 no excuses this year got alot of experience now
     
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    Oozie nailed it with the run game problems. He said it wasn't being physically out matched, but rather missed assignments.
     
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    Does "FNG" translate to F'ing New Guy? That's what it meant in Viet Nam
     
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    I hope to blame that on having four new offensive line starters. That would mean this year there is a real chance for improvement.
     
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    That, or Chuckin New Guy.... or something that rymes with chuckin' anyway... ;)
    Kinda like leaving VN was an AMF...(adios) :D
     
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    I'm just glad that it ain't Yellow Submarine.... :D
     

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