The offensive line was thought to be the biggest question mark for the Florida football team going into fall camp, and that was before they lost Antonio Riles last week to a season ending knee injury. Now the team looks to repair and with kickoff 18 short days away, they must do so quickly.
The Gator offensive line last year allowed 45 sacks, the most in the country. However, the offensive line last season was very young, at times playing three first-year players. Sophomore offensive linemen Tyler Jordan says the biggest improvement the line has made so far in camp is simply growing up.
The Gators currently have Tyler Jordan switching around on the line this entire week, finding where he can be most comfortable going into the season. The Gators have two more sophomores along with Jordan that should help improve the line this year. Martez Ivey entered last season as the top offensive line prospect for the Gators and he says every day at fall camp the line is striving to make improvements.
Another Gator offensive line with limited experience from last year is Fred Johnson. Johnson only started two games last season but is expected to get much more playing time in 2016. Senior defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr. says as a whole, the offensive line is looking like a different unit so far in fall camp.
If the Gator offense is to improve in 2016, the offensive line will most likely have to improve along with it to make it successful.