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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
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UF’s new offense gets first look


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GAINESVILLE — The mad scramble appears to be working out OK — so far.

When Florida hired Kurt Roper as the new offensive coordinator, there were concerns how quickly he could get the scheme installed — especially with quarterback Jeff Driskel coming off a broken leg.

Roper said earlier this week if the Gators were playing a game today, enough offense has been installed to play.

Instead, Florida will hold its annual spring game at 1:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Roper likes where Driskel is and sees a lot of weapons and potential for next fall.

“What you want to see from the offense is really, ‘Hey, let’s get the right personnel on the field, let’s get lined up, let’s get set with motion,’ ” said Roper about his goals for the spring game. “Get the ball snapped before the play clock runs out and let’s have possession of the ball at the end of the play.

“If we’ll do those things and look like a well-coached offense and guys that are locked in, we’re going to make plays in this offense. That’s going to happen. There’s enough opportunities that will take place. But the biggest thing is not beating ourselves, so going out there and looking like a well-coached team.”

Roper, who has mentored a trio of 3,000-yard passers in his career, sounds excited about Driskel’s future. While at Duke last fall, the Blue Devils set the school record for total touchdowns (54) while becoming the first squad in program history to post 20-plus rushing and 20-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.

“The first thing that jumps out to me about Jeff is a guy that physically has the skills to be a successful quarterback in the SEC. That’s really where it starts,” Roper said. “Is the guy physically capable of getting it done? And his size, his athleticism, his arm strength, those things are really, really good. He’s got the ability to do that.”

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