Former Florida Gators Lineman Thinks Jim McElwain’s Offense Is The Answer

    Former Florida Gators lineman Max Starks is excited for Jim McElwain's offense and a fresh start in The Swamp.

    August 7, 2015

    Former Florida All-SEC offensive lineman Max Starks, who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is excited about the start of the Jim McElwain era in Gainesville. Starks is hopeful that McElwain’s style will bring back the explosive UF offenses from the past, and once again make the Gators a feared team. 

    “You’re going to expect more offensive firepower,” Starks said in an interview with Campus Insiders. “That’s really what Jim McElwain is known for.”

    The Florida offense struggled the past few years under former head coach Will Muschamp, and Starks thinks it was time for a new direction.

    “He (Muschamp) is a defensive minded coach,” Starks stated.  “We had so many subpar years, such terrible quarterback play and offensive production that it was time for Muschamp to go. It (the offense) was too relying on the run and short routes.”

    Choosing between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier at quarterback will be one of McElwain’s most important duties this fall.

    “Biggest thing coming in is how are you going to solidify that quarterback position,” Starks said. 

    It is not an overnight process, but Starks expects the Gators to get back to the elite level the program is used to.

    “We (Florida) have a proud tradition,” Starks said of Florida football. “I have some positive expectations for them. They won’t be a top-tier team (this year), but give us two to three years and we will be back in the running. I think we (Florida) made a great step forward in bringing in McElwain. I think he is going to give us that boost the Florida program needs.”

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