By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist
Just two weeks ago, I had no doubt in my mind that the Florida Gators would handily beat both Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic. But I had no clue that either game would have been so close or so ugly to watch. I knew at some point during this football season that Florida would eventually struggle.
I mean, this is Jim McElwain first year as a head coach in the SEC, and he inherited a program that was short on explosive playmakers and leadership. That’s recipe for disaster. The thing is … the Gators started the season white hot behind the arm of unknown quarterback Will Grier and a bunch of young inexperienced guys in the skilled positions. For all it’s worth, everyone knew the defense – led by Jonathan Bullard and Vernon Hargreaves III – would be good, but it’s exceeded expectations.
But then something happened. Grier was suspended, injuries have started piling up, and this team doesn’t resemble anything near what I it was a month ago.