Two years in, two championship games, and the Help Wanted sign remains out.
Now, more than ever, the University of Florida needs a quarterback.
With the Gators playing in the SEC Championship game Saturday afternoon, the Gators’ weakest position stands out the most. Who is there to guide the Gators toward the end zone? Who is there to have a breakout game to lead an upset?
Look around. Alabama has a great defensive line, but Florida’s good, too. If linebacker Jarrad Davis plays, the Gators can play some linebacker. Cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Teez Tabor are potential first round picks. Jordan Scarlett is a good running back. Receivers Antonio Callaway and Reggie Cleveland have speed.
But what about the quarterback?
Coach Jim McElwain has been at Florida for two seasons, and that’s the team’s biggest shortcoming. It simply hasn’t found a quarterback in the tradition of the great Florida quarterbacks. You know: Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow. Those guys. The Statue Guys.
Of course, Will Grier’s suspension and departure left a big hole for the Gators. It was bad enough when he tested positive for PEDs, but his jumping ship created a hole.
Can freshman Feleipe Franks grow into a solid quarterback? Can Kyle Trask? Is there a recruit in the distance?
Regardless, this much is clear. Florida will never be the team it needs to be until it has the quarterback it wants.