Florida HC Jim McElwain Warns Gators About Complacency Against North Texas

    Florida head coach Jim McElwain has spent the week warning the Gators about being complacent against North Texas.

    September 16, 2016


    Florida head coach Jim McElwain has spent the week warning the Gators about being complacent against North Texas.


    Florida head coach Jim McElwain knows that in any given game, a team can come out of nowhere to surprise the Gators if they aren’t prepared. That is the message he has been sending his team all week leading up to the matchup against North Texas: avoid the upset.

    “From a historical standpoint, this has been something that’s been a little bit of an Achilles heel for Florida football,” McElwain said during his Wednesday press conference. “So I stressed to our guys this is an opportunity to create your own identity and be different. We’ll see on Saturday.”

    Gators fans do not have to look too far into the past to see what McElwain is talking about. In 2013, Georgia Southern came into The Swamp and shocked Florida 26-20. The season before, Florida needed a last second touchdown to take down Louisiana-Lafayette.

    McElwain, in his first year as head coach in Gainesville, had a close call against lowly Florida Atlantic last season. The Owls took the Gators into overtime before Florida pulled out the 20-14 victory.

    “He’s been hounding us a little bit about it, making sure we always play to our standard,” said defensive tackle Taven Bryan.

    With a revamped offense and another smothering defense, the only thing keeping the Gators from a win over the visiting Mean Green on Saturday and a 3-0 start to the season is mostly themselves.

    How will this year’s team respond to success? As Allen Williams of the Gator Nation Football Podcast points out, this is a young team that will likely have up and down moments in 2016. This week’s game against a team that went 1-11 last season will tell a lot about the progress of the Gators.

    For a full, in-depth breakdown of the upcoming matchup with North Texas, listen to the Gator Nation Football Podcast: Facebook, iTunes, Stitcher.


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