Is there any legitimate argument in opposition to the contention that Jim McElwain should be the unanimous SEC Coach of the Year at season’s end?
The first-year Florida Gators head coach has been so masterful at pulling the right strings, making calculated decisions and moving his team forward on a weekly basis that he resembles more and more his mentor – you know, the one he and Florida could very well meet in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 5.
Yes, the No. 11 Gators are 7-1 (5-1 SEC) with their sole loss coming on the road, at night in one of the toughest environments in college football to No. 4 LSU … by seven points … with the game-winning score coming on a fake field goal touchdown … in a week where Florida lost its burgeoning star quarterback to a year-long suspension for a violation of the NCAA’s banned substance policy.
But it is the fact that McElwain has Florida playing as well as it is with that one negligible loss that is truly impressive. How has he done it? By getting players to focus on the individual game, practice, drill or play in front of them and not look further ahead.