Report: Florida Gators Make Multiple Team Changes
The Florida Gators continued to struggle on Saturday as the program dropped its third consecutive game of the 2021 season with a massive loss to South Carolina. The Gators have lost five of their last seven games while faltering 4-5 in early November. Over the past two weeks, unexpected struggles have led to some strange happenings in Gainesville, in particular, Dan Mullen has dropped enlistment during the season and canceled several press conferences.
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Things are finally starting to boil over after 40-17 apathy at the hands of the roosters. According to Bruce Feldman, the Gators chose to fire defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach Jon Hevesy on Sunday night.
Grantham has riled Florida fans for years. During the losing streak, Gator’s defense was a disappointment, allowing an average of 41 points per game. The UF surrendered 321 rushing yards to LSU and 40 points to the struggling South Carolina team. The regression was mind-boggling and now it will be even more difficult to turn things around with a temporary defensive coordinator.
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While Graham’s tenure with the UF lasted just under four years, Hevesy was with Mullen for nearly 12 years before he was fired. He was hired by Mullen of Mississippi in 2009 and elected to go with him to Gainesville in the same position in 2017. The Gators have number 15 in total offense in the country but have averaged just 127 yards per game over the last three, including the season’s low 82 yards against South Carolina.
As Florida prepares to face Florida at the end of the month, these moves come at an interesting time. On the recruiting track, the Seminoles were vying with Florida to tackle offensive tackle Matthew McCoy. Could Hevesy’s dismissal have an impact on that front?
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Head coach Dan Mullen is going through a defining period of his career. Seminoles and the Gators will meet on November 27 after not playing with each other in 2020 for the first time in 64 years.
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