While not all of the schools in the SEC are prolific offensive machines, every single one of them except for Vanderbilt and Florida have averaged 400 yards a season at least once since 2010. Florida has come close with two seasons of over 350 yards (367.6 in 2014 and 351.2 in 2010).
The period spans three coaches — Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain — to go with five offensive coordinators and 10 quarterbacks. This season the Gators are close to that magic 400-yard number averaging 378.9 yards a game, but are considerably worse on the road compared to playing at home. They average 480.3 yards at home and a measly 277.5 on the road.
There’s clearly something funky going on during recruiting and in a state rich with talent, there’s no reason why the Gators should have issues recruiting good to great quarterbacks. We will have to give McElwain a little more time though as his offensive line is incredibly young with most guys playing on the line that he recruited so at best they are sophomores.
Here’s one last statistic that will show just how pathetic the QB situation has been. These are the highs for QBs this decade: 2,061 yards by Brantley in 2010 and 12 TD passes by Driskel in 2012. A lot of schools that have those numbers end up with losing seasons, but somehow the Gators only had the 4-8 season that was filled with injuries to just about everyone.
Florida needs to do a better job recruiting several positions and really just work on depth at this point to get more linemen ready for the superb trenches play that is the SEC.
[h/t Gridiron Now]