Sep 24, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Florida Gators running back Jordan Cronkrite (32) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Dillard and Offensive Line Want Consistency

The Doubts

Cam Dillard and the Florida offensive line refuse to be overlooked. Even after a 24-10 victory over Georgia and a move into the Top 10 in the AP Top 25, critics still seem to be after the Gators.  The “haters” don’t bother Dillard, and he says people’s doubts don’t define their performance.  Instead, Dillard and the O-line focus on heeding the advice of head coach Jim McElwain to focus on each practice and each play.

The Keys to Success

Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio (14) throws the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio (14) throws the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Gators front five focus on chemistry and communication in order to play with consistency.  When asked about how their unit continues to grow and improve, Dillard says they schedule weekly dinners to get to know each other.  The Bulldogs sacked the Gators 3 times for 40 yards, but overall Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio had time in the pocket to make passes.  Del Rio went  15-25 for 131 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT in Saturday’s win over Georgia.  Dillard says the unit has improved most on pass protection.

Looking Ahead

The Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) are atop the SEC East with a little wiggle room thanks to a South Carolina victory over Tennessee.  That said, Florida needs to win at least two of the next three against SEC opponents to secure their spot in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.  Dillard says the Gators are focused on finishing and using last year’s disappointing end to drive them forward.

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