The annual SEC Media Days begin tomorrow in Hoover, Alabama, with Florida head coach Jim McElwain takes the podium on Tuesday. Here are three things I’m looking for from Coach Mac:
1. How does he feel about our defense?
The Gators lost seven players to the NFL Draft in April, most notably cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, and linebacker Alex Anzalone. In addition, Florida is heading into the season with a new coordinator, former Miami head coach Randy Shannon. I liked what I saw from him in the Outback Bowl, but I’m wondering: How does Coach Mac feel our defense will be impacted by a new mind at the helm, and what does he think about having to replace so many talented players?
2. What’s up with Callaway?
In May, Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession, and Coach McElwain has not yet announced whether or not he’s suspended for the season opener against Michigan on September 2nd. What’s the wide receiver’s status, and if he is suspended, who is Coach Mac looking at to replace him?
3. How does he feel about Michigan?
We play Michigan in the Cowboy Classic in less than two months. It’s obviously a big game, and to me, the teams are pretty well matched. What are Coach McElwain’s thoughts on the game, and how prepared does he feel we are right now?
4. And the obvious: How’s the quarterback competition going?
It seems like we have a quarterback competition every year, and this year is no different. Most of what I’ve read says transfer Malik Zaire is the favorite, but I would like to know what Coach McElwain is seeing and who he thinks will be under center in September. And also, how does he plan to use freshman Kadarius Toney? In the Orange and Blue Debut, he showed not only impressive speed, but a strong arm as well. I’d like to know how Coach thinks Toney will factor into our offense.
What are you looking for from Coach McElwain on Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!
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