Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.
When: TBA, Oct. 17
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: LSU -14
Who’s before & after: at South Carolina and Western Kentucky
Florida at a glance
Coach (year): Jim McElwain (1st)
2014 record: 7-5 (4-4, 3rd SEC East)
2014 postseason: Won Birmingham Bowl, 28-20, vs ECU
Returning starters: 10 (4 offense, 6 defense)
Preseason prediction: 26th nationally, 3rd SEC East (Athlon)
New coach: AD Jeremy Foley got another Urban Meyer – or so he hopes. McElwain is an offensive-centric coach who comes from a Mountain West school – just like Meyer. Foley hired Meyer away from Utah in 2005, and he delivered two national titles. McElwain inherits a woeful offense from defensive-centric coach Will Muschamp. The Gators ranked last in the SEC in passing in 2012, last in scoring in 2013 and 12th in total offense in 2014. McElwain, Alabama’s former OC, could very well have a first-year player throwing passes, too. Redshirt freshman and pocket passer Will Grier is ahead of dual-threat QB Treon Harris heading into fall camp.
CB Vernon Hargreaves III: Hargreaves exemplifies the term “shutdown corner” and has for his two seasons in Gainesville. He led the SEC with 13 pass breakups last season during an All-American sophomore year. He’s a first-round lock in 2016 and draws comparisons to Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Florida’s secondary is led by Hargreaves, but the Gators are stacked at the position, returning all of the 2014 starters and leaving McElwain raving about the talent of the group he took over.
Offensive line: The Gators are losing all but on regular starter from the offensive line – a depthless group. Florida finished spring practice with six – SIX – healthy scholarship offensive linemen. The nation’s No. 1 offensive line recruit, incoming freshman Martez Ivey, could see instant playing time on the line with its current status.
Previous posts and coming posts
Monday: McNeese State
Tuesday: Mississippi State
Friday: Eastern Michigan
Saturday: South Carolina
Tuesday: Western Kentucky
Friday: Ole Miss
Saturday: Texas A&M